Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 July 2017
Photographs of Samia Haq at her graduation ceremony with President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle can be downloaded at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zmasrdyxr4wdg9a/AACoRmxt_KnizwFrAWKQqqvka?dl=0
The Mayor of Oadby and Wigston has graduated with a First Class degree from the University of Leicester.
She joined some 3,500 graduates of the University of Leicester and their families at the University’s degree ceremonies this week.
Samia Haq was a student in the University’s School of History, Politics and International Relations when she was elected as the new Mayor of Oadby and Wigston.
She was joined by her husband, Zuffar, and children for the ceremony at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
Mrs Haq said: “I have lived in Leicester and Leicestershire for over twenty years and have been a councillor for nearly 10 years and without doubt it has been the most amazing experience. It has provided me with an opportunity to help others and to better myself in the process.
“Being the first female Muslim Mayor in Leicestershire, I feel my appointment is a vindication of how, in this beautiful borough, we are advancing the cause of equality. I hope my appointment will serve as an inspiration to others.”
Speaking of her time at the University, Mrs Haq added: “For me, studying at the University of Leicester was a journey – which I thoroughly enjoyed. The University did not just offer me a first class education, it offered me space to grow as an individual.
“The help and support I received from the School of History, Politics & International Relations has been exemplary especially from the academic staff encouraging me to do my best every step of the way.
“It’s been tough juggling motherhood, full time education and being a councillor – especially during the final year when I became the Mayor and my civic responsibilities increased. But it has all been very worthwhile in the end and I would encourage anyone who’s thinking of going into higher education to go for it. With the help and support you get from the University it is not as daunting as it may seem.
“The University is a place where you are never far from new opportunities and experiences and I certainly benefitted from both.”