Just days before he was expected to formally receive his master’s degree in Construction Management from FIU ― and with only one final exam left to complete ― Jithu Sabu Daniel received unexpected and devastating news. He had a brain tumor and needed surgery immediately. He wouldn’t be walking across the stage with his College of Engineering and Computing classmates on April 30.

Not letting the diagnosis overwhelm him, Jithu forged ahead, undergoing surgery and eventually taking his exam in hazard mitigation.

“I’m feeling good, and while I’m not certain what the future holds, I am happy that I am able to graduate,” he says.

Earlier this week, Jithu donned his cap and gown for FIU’s August celebration.

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