An Enfield man has dedicated his law degree to his inspirational mother, who passed away just weeks after he started a masters degree at Middlesex University.
Albert Kyei-Poakwa nearly quit his LLM Minorities, Rights and the Law course after his mother died. Not only did she encourage him to take the degree, she was also providing valuable funds to help him through the course.
He had written a letter to his tutors to inform them of his intention to withdraw – but they encouraged him to continue, offering him support and the option to catch up on missed lectures. He didn't look back, and was able to take the classes he missed thanks to his tutor.
Albert Kyei-Poakwa (30), originally from Ghana, said: "I'm extremely happy that I can make my mother proud. I didn't stop my degree and it feels amazing to dress in the cap and gown and graduate. My bereavement affected me psychologically and financially but I was supported and encouraged to continue by my lecturers.
"All the lecturers at Middlesex were friendly, welcoming and always prepared to assist students to resolve whatever problems they encountered. There were times that I felt I was asking too much but they were always very happy to assist me. I am very grateful to all my lecturers even at the time when all I could think about was withdrawing from the course."
Albert now is hoping to continue his studies at Middlesex University.