The Page sisters — Jamilah, Hadiyah, and Ayannah — have celebrated a special moment together as they all recently graduated with their respective degrees. The three sisters from Alabama, who were all HBCU alumnae, have already earned a total of five degrees.
The three have all graduated from Tuskegee University. Years ago, the eldest of the three, Jamila earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences and Dietetics while Hadiyah, the middle sister, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Most recently, Ayannah, the youngest one, earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biology. Her older sisters joined in the celebration as Jamila also received her Ph.D. from Auburn University and Hadiyah graduated with Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
They were all thankful for Tuskegee for always motivating them and getting them ready for what they wanted to pursue next.
“Being in that type of environment helps to cultivate young students into believing in themselves. I feel like HBCUs help you to see different types of Black people,” Ayannah told Black News Channel.
They were also grateful for the financial support they received from the HBCU when they were struggling financially, making them feel “appreciated and worth the investment.”
They also give credit to their parents, as well as their grandmother who graduated with her Juris doctorate at 66-years old, for setting a good example. At a young age, they said they were taught by their parents the importance of education and were encouraged to always be prepared and hardworking.
Moreover, their recent graduations only serve as a beginning for them as they further pursue their dreams.
Jamilah, who takes interest in the importance of community gardens, is set to become an assistant professor of nutrition with a tenure track at Berea College.
Hadiyah, who is a former Albert Schweitzer fellow, continues conducting mindfulness courses for those who experienced trauma at Impact Family Counseling and is bound to medical school at the Ross University School of Medicine in Barbados.
Ayannah, who is interested in cosmetic chemistry, plans to open a salon and create products for hair, nails, and skincare or take a master’s in business.