By Noluthando Mdayi
04 April 2019
Part of what makes graduating momentous is celebrating with family and loved ones. Credit: Unsplashed
Warning: This is heartwarming.
Donning that gown and walking across that graduation stage to receive your qualification is one of the biggest milestones you can be lucky to experience in your life, which is why this woman wouldn’t allow a graduate to celebrate his big day alone.
It all started when 25-year-old Mthobisi Magagula took to Twitter to express how sad he was that his family couldn’t attend his graduation ceremony, and that he would be going alone.
Ouch! Seems I’m going to my graduation ceremony alone
According to TimesLive, Mthobisi and his three younger siblings were raised by their grandmother after their parents passed away when he was only a child.
His siblings are too young and his grandmother is too old to travel, which is why they couldn’t be with him.
When a complete stranger, Ntokozo Khanyile spotted the post on her timeline she responded by offering to attend his graduation, cheer for him and grab lunch together afterwards.
I am willing to come and be your cheerleader on the day……and take you out for lunch afterwards!!
Mthobisi took her on the offer, and the pair chatted about the logistics and sure enough Ntokozo showed up to support and celebrate his B.Ed Foundation Phase Teaching degree from the University of Johannesburg.
She went on to share the graduation pictures on Twitter, writing: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Learned this lesson on Monday when I attended the graduation ceremony of Mthobisi Magagula whom I’d only met on this app.”
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted
Learned this lesson on Monday when I attended the graduation ceremony of @Mthobisimag whom I’d only ever met on this app.
The tweet went viral with many people expressing how inspired they are by Ntokozo’s kindness. “Angel in disguise that’s what you are,” tweeted one, while another added: “This is the most genuine human act I’ve seen in ages.” And we couldn’t agree more.
“Thank you for what you do – it definitely matters. Good luck with finishing your degree,” reads the note.
“I hope you had a good day today so far and a lovely tomorrow too, mwah,” reads the note.