Cynthia Kudji deferred her dream of becoming a physician when she gave birth to her daughter, Jasmine. But in some ways, the delay couldn’t have worked out better: This spring, within weeks of each other, mother and daughter both graduated from medical school.
Neither got to celebrate properly: Both Cynthia and Jasmine saw their commencement ceremonies disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Cynthia isn’t too upset about not having a traditional graduation, Jasmine hopes her school will reschedule an in-person event for the fall, if only for one meaningful moment: The institution allows family members who are physicians to hood graduates. Jasmine wants to give her mom that honor. After all, Jasmine’s love of medicine owes a debt to Cynthia’s dreams.