TORONTO, ON - MAY, 9 Veigas is all smiles after receiving her degree in the bittersweet ceremony._Despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Precilla Veigas fulfilled a lifelong dream of earning her PhD in medical science. Because her prognosis is uncertain, she received the degree at a special convocation ceremony arranged just for her, and her family, at U of T on Tuesday._May 9, 2017 Richard Lautens/Toronto Star Richard Lautens/Toronto Star

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Precilla Veigas spent Tuesday basking in the glow of two things closest to her heart — the PhD she’s dreamed of all her life and the network of beloved family and friends who supported her daunting efforts to earn it.
“I feel so humbled and honoured,” said Veigas, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer halfway through her doctoral studies in 2015, and given six months to live.
“I’m still in disbelief.”
The 44-year-old mother was clutching the degree she had received moments earlier during a special ceremony at the University of Toronto’s Massey College in advance of official convocations next month. It was attended by about 45 relatives, friends and colleagues, who alternately whooped and wiped tears during her five-minute speech. …