DOUBLE ACT: Berle Wallace and his daughter Berlina
A DOMINICAN father and daughter duo have graduated together, creating history in the process.
Berle Wallace, who once owned a photo studio in Dominica and his daughter Berlina, created history by graduating together at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) on Friday (May 13) - a first for the institution.
The elder Wallace graduated with a bachelor of social sciences while his daughter graduated with a master of arts in psychology, with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse counselling.
In 2006, Berlina received a Bachelor of Arts in English and in 2008, a Master of Arts in Education, counselling and Guidance from the same institution.
"Growing up in a home with a father who read almost every book and turned every opportunity into a teachable moment, I knew I had to go to college," she said of her father.
Berle decided to go to university, after his wife and daughter convinced him he was smart enough to take on a
As he he left school more than 30 years ago, he had to sit his GED exams in order to register at University of the Virgin Islands.
"Although it had been 35 years since I left the Dominica Grammar School, I passed the GED exam, and proceeded to register at UVI," he said
He added: "Of course, sharing this opportunity with my daughter, Berlina Wallace-Berube, who is receiving her second master’s degree, is priceless. Special thanks go out to the Almighty God, to my wife Hyma Wallace, My mother Sarah Wallace, other members of my family, professors, classmates, friends, and well-wishers."