Degree was result of double act
Good things come in twos for Luke Butters.
Shortly after he and his wife Vanessa were married they welcomed twin girls Kaleyah and Kalani into their family and now four years later he has earned a double degree.
The 26-year-old graduated last week from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce.
The young family, including one-year-old Briyana, walked in the graduation day parade together – despite organisers reminding them that family should be on the sidelines.
‘‘That was really special to me,’’ Mr Butters says.
‘‘I was here doing the actual learning, but she was there looking after our kids. We did it together and we worked towards it together and that’s why we think of it as ‘our graduation day’ rather than just mine.’’
The Pt Chevalier resident says it has been ‘‘nearly five years of no sleep’’ to get to this point.
To make ends meet financially he worked two to three jobs ranging from tutoring Japanese to managing a cafe.
Although he insists he had a little divine assistance.
‘‘We definitely prayed help,’’ Mr Butters says.
‘‘And we know it wasn’t just us, sometimes things just worked out in our favour. Because we were doing what we were supposed to do, the Lord helped us.’’
With his conjoint degree in hand, Mr Butters is now staring down multiple career paths.
‘‘I have come to understand that for me a single career path will not be enough.’’
He hopes his double major in Japanese and International Business will open overseas doors.
‘‘I haven’t got any particular job in mind but I want to eventually work with people from Japan or people from overseas in general.’’
And life doesn’t look set to slow down as Mrs Butters is ready to head back to the classroom.
Mr Butters graduated at last week’s with more than 6400 other graduands.
Double up: Luke Butters says he got through his conjoint degree with the help of his wife Vanessa and their three girls Kalani, left, Briyana and Kaleyah.