These polytechnic graduates have overcome much to become the top students in their respective courses.
Miss Nur Amirah Rosman (above), 20, will graduate with a GPA of 3.9 from Ngee Ann Polytechnic's optometry course.
With two brothers suffering from Asperger syndrome, she will be forgoing a degree to help support the family, and has been working at an optician shop for about a month, earning $2,000 a month.
At Nanyang Polytechnic, Mr Nurazhar Maarof will graduate with a perfect GPA of 4.0 from its multimedia and infocomm technology diploma course.
Dropping out of school in Secondary 3, he worked as a flyer distributor, a cargo boy and a luggage salesman before a colleague helped him realise he could not go on without better qualifications.
"He had many years of experience but not much qualifications so he couldn't rise up the ranks," said Mr Nurazhar.