Bregarson Alkana, 24, graduated with a B.Ed degree in further education and training from Cape Peninsula University of Technology earlier this week.
While he spent half of his life on the streets, sleeping on shop stoeps, and a portion in shelters, it was when he was in Grade 11 that he met his guardian angel family.
Carol Booysen said: “He is a very respectful boy, he creeps in everybody’s heart. When we heard his story and saw he was bright at school, we just wanted to give him a better life.
“Today I am a very proud mom. It was seven years ago, he was in class with my son, when my son asked me if he could spend the holiday with us.”