Since the university was not equipped with reading material in Braille or audio sources in libraries and computer rooms, graduation seemed a distant dream for Berru Merve Kul.
Berru Merve Kul is a 22-year-old blind student who graduated from Sakarya University in Turkey after completing a four-year law course. Her mother, Havva, was instrumental in her academic journey and success, which was not easy for Berru Merve Kul.
Havva helped her daughter with her study material as the university didn't have the resources or the infrastructure to help blind students. Havva wanted her daughter to pass with flying colors and knew she had to personally be there by her side every day, according to BBC.
Since the university was not equipped with reading material in Braille or audio sources in libraries and computer rooms, graduation seemed a distant dream for Berru Merve Kul, who is from Kocaeli, Turkey. Striving to open more doors to a brighter future for the daughter, her mother read all of her notes and books and guided her throughout.
All the hard work and sacrifice paid off with the young girl graduating. Moreover, it was a surprise for the mother and everyone else following their story when the university acknowledged the mother's contribution that helped Merve Kul make it through four years of college.
2017-2018 Hukuk Fakültesi Mezuniyet Töreni 4 Temmuz 2018 Çarşamba günü Prof. Dr. Sabahattin Zaim Konferans Salonunda gerçekleştirilmiştir. pic.twitter.com/UuxzHq5et4— Sakarya Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi (@HukukSakarya) July 5, 2018
The University of Sakarya awarded Merve Kul her graduation certificate and gave her mother Havva Kul, an honorary degree for her dedication and commitment to her daughter's graduation over the four years. Professor Mahmut Bilen, who presented the award to Berru Merve Kul and her mother Havva, praised the girl's mother.
Havva joined her daughter and other students in throwing their caps in the air to celebrate their graduation. The SAU Faculty of Law Dean Professor Dr. Mahmut Bilen shared the heartwarming news on Twitter.
It was also shared on Reddit where the inspiring story was upvoted almost 60k times. "Very sweet that they got to graduate together. Great dedication from mom to read with her every day for 4 years," wrote one person.
Some others chimed in that it wasn't as simple as just reading the lectures and notes but also involved understanding them herself before explaining them to her daughter. "There's no way you could do that without absorbing a whole lot of it. And that stuff is dense, it's often a challenge just to read and comprehend, let alone analyze and interpret," commented one user. "This is definitely an honorary degree that was actually earned," another person chimed in.
This truly is a heartwarming story and shows that a little support in the life of a person with disability can go a long way. It also makes bare the fact that there is little to no support from the authorities to provide the required aid for students who are disabled. We can only hope for things to get better in the future.
Cover Image Source: Twitter | Sakaraya University