Steiner said he begged the doctor to hold off on the operation last Friday, thinking he would miss the ceremony as a result.
He had a brain tumour in 2017, has undergone six brain surgeries since the diagnosis, but that did not let the “interruption” deter him from completing his studies.
The diagnosis had brought his studies to a standstill a year into his Master’s degree, as he spent a lot of time in the hospital.
“It was a benign tumour, so I didn’t have to have chemotherapy or anything, but I had six brain surgeries all together. Then fluid leaked into my neck and they had to operate that, and then I contracted meningitis, twice.”