Graduating is a family affair: Leeds graduate’s ‘pinteresting’ ceremony


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HISTORY: Motaber Khan (centre) received his degree 84 years prior to his great-grandson

HISTORY: Motaber Khan (centre) received his degree 84 years prior to his great-grandson

An international student is walking in the footsteps of his great-grandfather this month, after graduating from the University of Leeds.

Adnan Intekhab received his MSc in global supply chain management from the local university on Tuesday 13th December, 84 years after his ancestor – Motaber Khan – picked up his degree from the same institution.

Proudly wearing the same university tie pin his great-grandfather did at his graduation, Adnan says it was a great experience studying in the city.

“I was interested in studying at the University of Leeds because of the family connection,” he explained.

“I have loved my time at Leeds. The course was even better than I expected.”

FAMILY HEIRLOOM: The tie pin has now been worn in two different graduation ceremonies at the University of Leeds

FAMILY HEIRLOOM: The tie pin has now been worn in two different graduation ceremonies at the University of Leeds

Motaber attended the University of Leeds from 1929, opting to move to the city whilst his home country of India was still under colonial rule.

Despite the number of overseas graduates being very low at the time, he went on to graduate as a Bachelor of Commerce in 1932.

Adnan, 24, is also a Bachelor of Commerce, having studied at his home university in Hyderabad for three years, from 2011, before opting to study in the UK for an MSc in Supply Chain Management.   

It isn’t only the choice of course and university the two relatives have in common, with the newly graduated Adnan even living in accommodation close to Motaber’s old digs.

GRADUATION: Adnan Intekhab proudly graduated from the University of Leeds wearing his great-grandfather’s university tie pin

GRADUATION: Adnan Intekhab proudly graduated from the University of Leeds wearing his great-grandfather’s university tie pin

“I have been able to retrace my great-grandfather’s footsteps; for example, he lived on Regent Park Terrace, Hyde Park and I lived nearby on St. Mark's Street,” Adnan added.

“It is still a residential place inhabited by students – it is strange to think of him being there all those years ago.”

Just under 3,000 students attended graduation ceremonies at the University of Leeds last week.

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