Meet the siblings who graduated together – including one pair with a ten year age gap

Graduation day was a special moment for the siblings that studied together at Redcar and Cleveland College.

Not only did students receive their HNC (Higher National Certificate), they also got to share the proud day with their sibling by their side.

Despite a 10-year age gap, double act Peter and Bethany Cassy found themselves classmates.

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“Peter is 10 years older than me so I never expected us to end up studying together,” said Bethany, a 22-year-old process operative.

She was working towards an apprenticeship at the time when she was offered the chance to progress on to the HNC in chemical engineering, an opportunity Bethany described as “too good to miss”.

By chance, 32-year-old Peter, an operations technician, was also given the opportunity through his employer.

Peter and Bethany Cassy
Peter and Bethany Cassy
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Middlesbrough resident Bethany said: “I don’t think it was until a couple of weeks before the course started that we were chatting and we realised there must only be a limited number of places locally that offered the course.

“It was then we realised we were going to be in the same class.”

Dad-of-two, Peter added: “It was a total coincidence at the time.”

But the siblings found there were advantages to studying together.

Peter said: “There were some units that I was stronger at and then I struggled with others and it was the same for Bethany.

“It meant that we were able to help each other out.”

The pair were among those to graduate at a ceremony at Kirkleatham Walled Garden.

Peter said: “Sharing graduation was brilliant, I was so proud of Bethany.”

But they weren’t the only siblings in the group as they were also joined by 19-year-old Redcar twins, Williams and Oliver Todd.

William and Oliver Todd
William and Oliver Todd
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The brothers were employed as apprentices together and both got the chance to progress to the HNC.

Oliver said: “We have always seemed to do most things together, with the same mates and being in the same classes, it just seems normal to us.”

And true to form, the pair have gone on to be offered permanent jobs together.

For the process operators at Seqens, sharing graduation together was the latest in a long line of shared milestones.

William said: “After the year everyone’s had it has been nice to see the friends we made in college and to celebrate together.”

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