Daughter in dad’s footsteps

St Andrews University grad and her dad.
St Andrews University grad and her dad.

It was a special day for St Andrews University student Katie Arnott when she graduated on the penultimate day of the traditional annual summer series of ceremonies in the Younger Hall.

But, for dad, Ian (61), it was a double cause for celebration - for his 24-year-old daughter had followed in his footsteps as a graduate of Scotland’s oldest university.

There was an added bonus for, at the ceremony, Katie donned the hood that he himself had worn in 1971 when he graduated - and it was a case of like father like daughter, for Katie also collected a degree in French from the School of Modern Languages.

The return after 40 years to his alma mater by the Glasgow-born retired civil servant - who now resides in Peterborough - was a nostalgic one and made all the more memorable that he was able to watch his daughter conferred with her degree.

Katie said later: ”I thought it would be really nice to wear my dad’s hood to my graduation.”

A proud Ian, who was also accompanied to the ceremony by his wife, Moyra, added: ”My hood, which is slightly different in colour than the present day one worn by graduates, had lain in a drawer at home for many years.

‘‘Seeing Katie wearing it brought the memories flooding back.”