Otago clan beats Auckland clan

Auckland University wondered if when Siobhon Cervin became the sixth and last sibling from her family to graduate it was a New Zealand record.

But of course Otago can better that.

A Dunedin family can not only go one better, but two.

The eight children of Malcolm and Lyn Farry have all graduated from the University of Otago – half of them more than once.

In fact, Yasmin (38), Victoria and Gareth (37), Damon (35), Sasha (34), Lukas (30), Alysha (29) and Samara (26) have amassed a remarkable 16 degrees and diplomas between them, and there is another diploma in progress.

The family has had a graduation ceremony to look forward to for most of the past 20 years, including a memorable day in 1995 when four siblings graduated at once.

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