When Ramla Tyrow walked on to the stage to collect her diploma, she shared that joy with one of the most important people in her life – her mum.
Ramla, 21, came to the UK in 1999 with her family to seek a better life and escape from the decades of civil war in Somalia.
«My mum moved us here to give us a better future. Somalia wasn’t a very child-friendly place then,» Ramla told the BBC.
«Just after the ceremony, my mum told me how unbelievably proud she was that I was the first person in her family to graduate from university.»
The heart-warming moment showing Ramla’s mother, Fardowsa, crying on her daughter’s shoulder has been shared thousands of times on Twitter.
The tweet is captioned: «Mama you ran from a civil war so I could be safe and get the education you didn’t.
«Today you cried when you saw me in my robe. Did it for you.»
Ramla attended Middlesex University in north-west London and obtained her degree in Psychology and Counselling.
«The day was really hectic but it was amazing,» she said.