Open University students often have to juggle their families and careers with their classes. But for Lee Kwok-wah, just getting to lectures was the hardest part of his degree. The father-of-two and centre supervisor for the Hong Kong Association of the Deaf was celebrating his graduation yesterday, but he admitted that his course in business administration was far from plain sailing. 'It was really tough, especially for people with disabilities. Sometimes I found it hard to reach the places where I had tutorials and lessons,' said Mr Lee, 38, who suffers from polio. 'Sometimes the university could make some special arrangements for me, but not all the time.' Fellow graduate Chan Shuk-fong, also 38, who majored in social sciences, said her three-year-and-nine-month struggle was the latest in a series of challenges she had set for herself over the years. 'I left school 20 years ago, but I kept taking language courses offered by the University of Hong Kong,' the single mother-of-two said. 'Having done all that, I felt it was still not enough. And one day I saw someone holding a plastic bag with 'The Open University of Hong Kong' on it and so here I am.' Ms Chan worked for the Immigration Department for six years and is now a case analyst supervisor at the Canadian Consulate. Although work and study made huge demands on her time, she said her family always came first. The Open University of Hong Kong, which recruited 4,366 students in April, has more than 24,000 students.