As any student knows, final exams wait for no one—not even if your wedding is on the same day as your last ever college exam. Dorcas Atsea and Deborah Atoh, two Nigerian brides, learned this the hard way last weekend, when both women had to take breaks in the middle of their respective wedding days to sit for their "Media Ethics and Law" exam.
According to CNN, both Atsea and Atoh had scheduled their weddings for Saturday, April 7, well before the exam was postponed to the same date, from its original February time slot; officials at Nigeria's Benue State University were unable to accommodate their prior engagements. Literally.
"My wedding was already fixed and planned before the exam," Atsea told CNN. "I attempted to shift the exam, but to no avail." Atoh had a similar experience, telling the outlet, "I went to the exam officer, she said I should choose between the two: the exam or the wedding." Instead of making that impossible choice, though, Atsea and Atoh, both Mass Communication majors, opted to marry their respective grooms in the morning, rush to the exam hall for the noon exam, then return to their guests for their afternoon receptions.
Dr. Benjamin Ogbu, the course lecturer, told CNN that it wouldn't have been fair to reschedule the exam just because of two students' schedules, no matter how important their conflicts. "University system is such that you don't have compassionate grants for people subjectively. If you do such, you compromise standards," Ogbu said, noting that the brides' showing up at school in their wedding finery "didn't obstruct the administration of the exam in any way. We are happy that they were able to do the two at once."
Photos shared by CNN show both brides wearing their gorgeous wedding gowns and lavish jewelry, with their makeup done and hair perfectly styled, sitting side-by-side in the exam hall, surrounded by other students in school uniforms, to take the test. "I was excited graduating and wedding at the same time. My classmates were so happy," Atsea said. "When I walked into the hall, for ten minutes everybody was just shouting before we started the exam, and after the exam, I went back to the reception venue because my guests were waiting for me." Atoh added, "When the church wedding ended by past 11am, I went to write the exam. When I got to school, my mates were so excited. They lifted me up."
Clearly, both brides earned an A+ in wedding day scheduling.