Convocation is a joyous time for students, parents and families. It is a longstanding tradition where universities confer degrees earned by students and mark their graduation. Students are excited by their academic achievements and the adventure of where life will take them next.
Parents and families are filled with pride, especially during the ceremony when they mark their child’s continuing steps in higher education. Convocation is not only a celebration of students’ academic efforts but an opportunity to recognize the immeasurable support received from parents, relatives and friends.
On the afternoon of May 12, 2011, parents Nazlin and Salim Peermohamed drove to the University of Calgary to commemorate the graduation of their two sons. During one ceremony, their sons, Nabeel and Shaqil, were conferred doctorate degrees in Law and Medicine, their respective fields.
Nazlin and Salim Peermohamed were both overjoyed as they simultaneously celebrated the unique milestone of their sons entering two of the most distinguished professions and careers.
The academic achievements of the Peermohamed brothers prove to be extraordinary. Prior to attending law school, Nabeel Peermohamed, age 25, completed a double-major Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting at McGill University. He then went on to pursue his Doctor Juris at the University of Calgary, at which time he served as the President of the Student Legal Society. During law school, Nabeel developed a strong interest in the field of tax law and will be articling for the Department of Justice.
Even though Shaqil Peermohamed is only 23 years old, he has already completed two degrees. Shaqil was awarded the Chancellor’s scholarship from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, one of the university’s highest honours. Completing his Bachelor of Science in only three years, Shaqil then went on to pursue his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Shaqil has received numerous awards in the past, including recognition under the inaugural Top 20 Under 20 awards. For his medical residency, Shaqil is now embarking upon a career in Internal Medicine.
In addition to their impressive academic accolades, these two brothers are no strangers to making the headlines. Both Nabeel and Shaqil won the Volunteer Calgary’s Leaders of Tomorrow awards in 2003 and have continued to play key leadership roles in a wide array of community initiatives.
Shaqil and Nabeel both dedicate their multiple degrees to their parents.
“Without their innumerable hours of support, advice and direction, we would not be where we are today”, says Shaqil Peermohamed.