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Keon Priestley’s mom, Marie, always encouraged him to finish his degree.?
But in 1998, as Priestley’s first semester at the University of Toronto Scarborough wrapped up, his health deteriorated.?
“Diabetes runs in my family, but at 18 years old I didn’t think it would be something I’d have to struggle with,” he says.
After two weeks in the hospital, Priestley’s doctors struggled to find the right treatment. His medication made him sleep for 16 to 18 hours every day, forcing him to drop out of school.
“When my family escaped from Iran in 2012, the goal was always for my sister and I to attend university,” says Faraz Khoshbakhtian.
Now, Khoshbakhtian is fulfilling that dream as he takes part in the University of Toronto’s fall convocation.
A member of?Woodsworth College?and a recipient of the college’s?Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Scholarship, Khoshbakhtian studied philosophy, computer science and statistics with a special focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and the intersection of technology and society.
The pandemic couldn’t stop Maame De-Heer from graduating from the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health this fall – it couldn’t even slow her down.
De-Heer, who will receive her master of public health in social and behavioural health science, with a dual collaboration in global health and health services and policy research on Nov. 21, has big plans for life after graduation.