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Commencement is always an exciting time for students graduating, but for mother and son Drs. Aisha Rizwan and Umer Rizwan, the 2022 May Commencement provided a moment they will never forget.

On the same day Umer earned his medical degree, Aisha earned her degree from the Clinical and Transitional Science Master’s Program – and she got to hood her son at the ceremony.


Aisha came to WVU two years after Umer became a student at the School of Medicine. Umer and his sister, Saira, came to West Virginia from Saudi Arabia for their education.


Umer’s experience at WVU, and in West Virginia as a whole, was so positive that it motivated Aisha to return to the classroom for the first time in almost 30 years when she enrolled in the Clinical and Transitional Science Master’s Program at the School of Medicine.


Both graduating family members are now looking forward to hooding their third family member, Saira Rizwan, who’s currently a School of Medicine biomedical sciences PhD student.