The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the world, causing shows and concerts to be cancelled or postponed. Even graduation ceremonies are not spared.
Instead of a traditional graduation ceremony, Joan Chen's 21-year-old daughter, Angela Hui, had a virtual one. And like any proud parent, the actress couldn't help but take to social media to share her kid’s biggest milestone yet. Well, we don’t blame her. After all, Angela didn’t just graduate from any college, she graduated from the prestigious Harvard College with the highest honours, no less.
“Today, my daughter graduated from Harvard College with the highest distinction, Summa Cum Laude, and was awarded the George B. Sohier Prize for best thesis in English,” 59-year-old posted on Weibo on May 29, along with photos of Angela beaming in her graduation gown.
Joan, who also has an 18-year-old daughter, Audrey, noted that while it’s a pity in-person graduation ceremonies have been postponed indefinitely, watching the virtual commencement ceremony didn’t make her feel any less proud. In fact, she even got a little emotional and teary-eyed witnessing the moment.
“When I heard the graduation song online, memories from Angela's kindergarten, primary school, secondary school graduation ceremonies flashed before my eyes," she wrote. "She’s only 21, but the hardships she’s been through, only she, her loved ones and God know. It makes this moment even sweeter. From day one, Angela and Audrey have thought me how to be a mother and I finally understand the essence of being one. Okay, this is not the time for me to reflect. Today, I will have a good cry, and allow hope and gratitude to overwhelm me,” she said.
Netizens flooded Joan's Weibo page with congratulatory messages, and some even pointed out that she is the spitting image of her mum when she was young.
“Both of Joan Chen’s daughters are outstanding, she is so blessed. Her elder daughter looks just like her mum, she even has her dimples,” commented one netizen.
“They both have the same smile,” wrote another.
Well, clearly the apple didn't fall far from the tree.