Graduation day is an emotional occasion for all students and their families.
But there are sure to be tears of joy on today when 21-year-old Ayeesha Javaid steps up to receive her degree.
Ayeesha, who lives at Crosland Moor, has battled all her life against a rare blood disorder and severe bleeding condition which have meant numerous visits to hospital and a constant diet of drugs.
Now she has gained a first in youth and community studies at the University of Huddersfield and is one step closer to realising her dream of working in child safeguarding.
Ayeesha has also completed her gold Duke of Edinburgh Award this year, having achieved silver four years ago when she was 17 and bronze at the age of 14.
The former Moor End High School and Greenhead College student suffers from a severe bleeding condition called Von Willebrand disease type 3, causing her to spontaneously bleed.
She also had a blood disorder called neutropina, which means her body cannot produce white blood cells – leaving her open to infections.
Aleeysha needs regular injections of the blood clotting agent Factor Eight and visits to hospital to check her bone marrow levels.
She is supported at home by mum Rukhsana, dad Amjed and her 14-year-old sister Iqra and 10-year-old brother Sajid.
At the age of 10, Aleeysha was named a winners of the Woman’s Own Child of Courage awards and met a host of celebrities at Westminster Abbey.
Now her proud parents will be cheering her when she receives her degree at the graduation ceremony.
Rukhsana said: “Aleeysha was determined to get a first. Even when she’s has been very poorly, she has been trying to do her studies.”
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Ayeesha had to spend two weeks in St James’ Hospital, Leeds, at the end of last year for a high-risk procedure.
Rukhsana added: “She had tubes coming out all over – and there she was tapping away on her laptop.
“She is determined to lead a normal life. She’s a young lady who won’t let anything stop her. I have to pull the reins in sometimes!
“Now she wants to go for a master’s degree. She is an inspiration.”