Law student wheelchair user stands for first time in five years to collect his degree

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He hasn’t been able to walk since a serious car crash in 2011

A University of the West of England (UWE) graduand fulfilled his dream this week, standing up for the first time in five years as he collected his law degree.

Five years ago, Jerry Daliel was involved in a horror car crash that left him with severe head injuries and unable to walk. Writing on his LinkedIn page about the fallout from the accident, ex-police officer Daliel explained that he realised he had a passion for law and some time on his hands, so decided to enrol at the Bristol-based university.

He continued:

In 2015 I graduated with a BSc in Crime and Criminology from University of Portsmouth. During the Portsmouth graduation ceremony, I was not fit enough like the others to stand and receive the honour. However, during my fresher days at UWE, I had promised my classmates that I was going to work extra hard healthwise to be well enough to be honoured standing.

After three tough years, where overcame health problems and stress, Daliel honoured his promise. Met by a passionate standing ovation, he stood up in the Bristol Cathedral as he received his 2:1 degree.

The inspirational father of three is hoping to push on with his legal education. In September, he’s going on to study for a masters degree in advanced legal practice at the same university, and hopes to eventually become a solicitor.