Graduation a Family Affair at Broward College

May 10, 2017 | News

Graduation is especially meaningful all of our students who walk the stage at the 2017 Spring Commencement. But there’s another group who share their educational journey with someone special – a family member. Below are some of the students who have made graduation a family affair.

Sister Act

Quratulain and Sana Abida Amin are twin sisters graduating with their Associate of Arts. They were born in Karachi, Pakistan before moving at age seven to Dubai. The siblings then ventured to South Florida after graduating high school and stayed to continue their education in the states.

Quratulain looks to transfer to University of Miami to pursue a bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. Her ultimate goal is to become a cardiac surgeon as she is fascinated by chemistry and biology. Sana Abida will attend Florida International University with plans to major in Computer Engineering. Even though she was one of a few girls in technology classes in Dubai, her never wavered.

The sisters were active members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the Robert ‘Bob’ Elmore Honors College. They credit the experience for helping them overcome shyness and giving them the confidence to become leaders. Sana Amin served as vice president of scholarship for the Phi Theta Kappa Omega Phi chapter at North Campus while Quratulain was vice president of leadership. During their time they took charge on events to draw awareness on important topics as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s).

Their hard work in academics and student life paid off in the form of numerous scholarships and accolades. They both were named to the Florida College System 2017 All-Florida Academic Team. Quratulain earned a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 to top community college students with plans to continue their education.

Brothers for Education

Robert and Riste Sekuloski were brought to the United States in 2004 from Macedonia by their mother. She had arrived a few years earlier with $500 in her pocket, no friends or family, and a dream to see her sons succeed. This graduation, her dream will come true when both sons will graduate with degrees from Broward College.

Robert Sekuloski 21, will receive his Associate of Arts in Business Administration with certifications as an Accounting Technician. He had received a number of scholarships, including the Willis Holcombe scholarship and the Honors College Hermes scholarship, so his two years of study cost his family nothing. He hopes to pursue a career in political science and developmental economics.

Riste Sekuloski, 25 will earn his bachelor’s in Information Technology Management. He is already an entrepreneur, working full-time as a graphic design artist so he can provide for his mom and brother. However, his dreams have just begun. Riste wants to pursue a career in entertainment law and will take the LSAT in June with a plan to attend FIU. “We have had some rough times but it has been worth it. You can be anything you want to be in this great country,” he said.

The one thing these sibling have in common is how they have motivated the other to succeed, pushing and encouraging each other every step of the way. Soon, Quratulain and Sana Abida and Robert and Riste will celebrate their respective accomplishments on graduation day together.

These are just some of the great student stories in this year’s graduating class. For more, read about how father and son Francis and Samson Fagunleka moved from Nigeria to start a new life. Visit:



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