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UW-Madison student facing deportation to Nigeria receives her doctorate in pharmacy

A University of Wisconsin-Madison student who's been facing deportation to Nigeria has received her doctorate degree in pharmacy.

Tope Awe, 24, was detained last spring. And after numerous requests from her fellow students, Tope was allowed to complete her final year of pharmacy school on campus while wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet.

She graduated May 15, and is now preparing for the state exams that would let her become a licensed pharmacist.

Tope has lived in Milwaukee with her parents since she was 3. Her father Samuel was visiting America and for health reasons he had his tourist visas extended.

But in 1999, his request for political asylum was denied and a later appeal failed.

Last April, immigration officials finally got around to enforcing a deportation order for the Awe family.

And they extended it until this month for humanitarian reasons.

A federal appeals court will hold a hearing on the deportation appeal June 9.