JOHOR BARU: Cerebral palsy did not stop Mohd Hisyamuddin Mohd Hashim from achieving a doctorate.
The 30-year-old graduate of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) said that he wanted to inspire other disabled people.
“Having cerebral palsy has made me more determined to achieve my dreams,” said Mohd Hisyamuddin, who added he had to learn to be independent and not rely on his mother for everything.
He was speaking to reporters after the university’s 57th convocation ceremony here.
Mohd Hisyamuddin was among the 362 graduates to receive their PhDs, 873 (master’s), 2,533 (bachelor’s) and 733 (diploma).
A further 966 were degree and diploma graduates from private institutions through a collaborative programme with UTM.
A total of 25 graduates were state administrative officers who had completed their master’s under the Johor state secretary sponsorship at the convocation which was officiated by Permaisuri Johor Raja Zarith Sofiah Sultan Idris Shah, who is also UTM chancellor.
Mohd Anas Asalam received the Royal Award (Excellent Medal) for achieving a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.67 for his degree in Petroleum Engineering.
The 23-year-old graduate said that he had to work part-time during his semester breaks.
“Both my parents are nasi lemak sellers. I gave tuition to secondary school students to make ends meet,” he said, adding that he taught Physics and Biology.
Mohd Anas said that he is keen to pursue his master’s after working for a few years.
Earlier in her speech, Raja Zarith urged all graduates to master English, both spoken and written, as it is important in the working world.