It was indeed a memorable, but also bittersweet moment for 30-year-old Nor Hidayu Abd Wahab when she received her late husband’s Master’s degree scroll recently.
She received the scroll at the 12th Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) Convocation ceremony in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu.
Her husband, Mohd Huzir, who graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Management in 2020 died last year at the age of 35 from a heart attack.
Nor Hidayu said she was reluctant at first to attend the convocation ceremony as she felt she would be unable to handle her emotions on stage.
However, with support from her family, she attended the ceremony to honour her late husband’s hard work and achievement.
“Although my husband already had a good government job, he was always interested in gaining more knowledge and pursued his studies to the Master’s degree level less than a month after we got married on Aug 18, 2018.
“His dream was to obtain the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree by age 40, however, Allah loved him more,” said Nor Hidayu, who does not have children.
Meanwhile, according to reports in Bernama, teacher Ang John Sun, 55, received his PhD in the field of Islamic Contemporary Studies.
Ang said he was happy and grateful to have completed his studies at the highest level after being delayed twice, and also relieved to have been able to fulfil the wish of his late mother, Wee Mek Kwa who wanted him to get a PhD.
“My previous attempts to complete my PhD were unsuccessful because I was busy as a teacher and had to care for my parents who were ill. Today, I am happy to have fulfilled my mother’s wish,” said Ang, who is the head of the language committee at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Badak, Kelantan.