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Man Who Went Blind and Battled Cancer Graduates From TSU at the Top of His Class

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While you’re getting your degree, it can feel like you’ll never reach graduation day when you’re overwhelming busy cramming for finals and researching to write lengthy papers. But Daniel Vaughn didn’t let the regular hardships of graduating from college along with his extremely difficult medical adversities to get in the way of graduating from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Vaughn even finished in the top 10 percent of his class!

KHOU writes that in 2010, Vaughn was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After six surgeries, he lost his eyesight following his 23rd birthday. At the same time, he was processing these personal major life changes, his mother endured a battle with ovarian cancer. Through it all, Vaughn didn’t lose focus, and he managed to graduate only a year after his planned graduation date.

Vaughn told the news, “The hardest part about going blind is that society tells you you are limited in what you can do…Law school has changed me in the sense that I now have the tools to help others.”

ABC 13 reports that the TSU ceremony took place on Friday, May 12th at 6:30 p.m. Vaughn’s girlfriend accompanied him across the stage during his proud moment.