Selfless local woman stands in to act as graduate's family because his real one couldn't make it - and our hearts are full
Donning that gown and walking across that graduation stage to receive your qualification is one of the biggest milestones you can be lucky to experience in your life, which is why this woman wouldn’t allow a graduate to celebrate his big day alone.
It all started when 25-year-old Mthobisi Magagula took to Twitter to express how sad he was that his family couldn’t attend his graduation ceremony, and that he would be going alone.
Ouch! Seems I'm going to my graduation ceremony alone??— Mthobisi Senzo Magagula (@Mthobisimag) March 8, 2019
According to TimesLive, Mthobisi and his three younger siblings were raised by their grandmother after their parents passed away when he was only a child.
His siblings are too young and his grandmother is too old to travel, which is why they couldn't be with him.
When a complete stranger, Ntokozo Khanyile spotted the post on her timeline she responded by offering to attend his graduation, cheer for him and grab lunch together afterwards.
I am willing to come and be your cheerleader on the day......and take you out for lunch afterwards!!— Ntokozo Khanyile ???? (@ntokozongwane1) March 8, 2019
Mthobisi took her on the offer, and the pair chatted about the logistics and sure enough Ntokozo showed up to support and celebrate his B.Ed Foundation Phase Teaching degree from the University of Johannesburg.
She went on to share the graduation pictures on Twitter, writing: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Learned this lesson on Monday when I attended the graduation ceremony of Mthobisi Magagula whom I’d only met on this app."
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted ??— Ntokozo Khanyile ???? (@ntokozongwane1) April 3, 2019
Learned this lesson on Monday when I attended the graduation ceremony of @Mthobisimag whom I'd only ever met on this app.
My smallernyana bit of #CountryDuty, as inspired by @tumisole @CoruscaKhaya pic.twitter.com/mWlQkXgjun
The tweet went viral with many people expressing how inspired they are by Ntokozo’s kindness. “Angel in disguise that’s what you are,” tweeted one, while another added: “This is the most genuine human act I’ve seen in ages.” And we couldn’t agree more.
Here are other random acts of kindness that will restore your faith in humanity:
Stand-in mom for LGBTQ weddings
Sara Cunningham took to Facebook last year to offer to become a stand-in mother for same-sex couples whose mothers refuse to attend their weddings.
Waitress fluent in sign language
Waitress Kelsey who goes by u/foofighter on Reddit shared a story of how customers surprised her with a sweet note and a £75 (R1 400) tip after noticing her kindness towards a deaf man who was dining all alone.
“Thank you for what you do – it definitely matters. Good luck with finishing your degree,” reads the note.
A man shared an encouraging note he found in his train seat that was written with a pen and left lying for the next person who sat in that seat.
"I hope you had a good day today so far and a lovely tomorrow too, mwah," reads the note.
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