It was twice the celebration for brother and sister Mohammad and Ahaad Alsharabi when they graduated together from the University of Sunderland.
The pair, who came to the North East from Saudi Arabia in 2012, both graduated at the Stadium of Light ceremony.
Mohammad completed a Mechanical Engineering degree and is now working as an Aircraft Engineer for GDC Middle East – a renowned aircraft modifications and technology company approved for the next generation of planes by both Airbus and Boeing.
He said: “It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I am so glad I chose the University of Sunderland, I have made lifelong friends that I’m still in touch with.
“The engineering department has some great lecturers that are always willing to help as long as you’re willing to put in the effort. I hope that one day my name will be recognised in the aviation industry so I can make my parents even prouder.”
The 21-year-old flew back from a business trip in Dallas to graduate in Sunderland alongside his sister.
Ahaad studied Business Computing and is now working for cable company Middle East Specialized Cables (MESC) back home in Saudi Arabia.
The 23-year-old is hoping to return to the Wearside university to study a masters degree and then a PhD.
She said: “I had an amazing time. I’ve been taught by the best tutors, met the greatest people and made friends for life.
“My tutors were great and always supportive. They would always motivate me to do better.”