– Jamie Roberts
I'd be lying if I said it hasn't been tough but achieving one of my main goals in life means it's worth every second.
I look forward to enjoying graduation with other fellow students. It promises to be a memorable day for us all, as it has been for all those graduating from Cardiff University this week.
I've a huge amount to thank the University for, most notably the School of Medicine and I'm eternally grateful for their help and support over the past 8 years.
I'm excited to see what the future holds, both in terms of my rugby and my medical career
Wales and British and Irish Lions hero Jamie Roberts will graduate today from Cardiff University's School of Medicine after successfully completing his medical degree.
"The academic rigour and intensity of studying for a medical degree is challenging for most students - especially for someone juggling with a life as a professional rugby player" says Professor Paul Morgan, Dean of the School of Medicine.
"Jamie would be the first to admit it's been extremely challenging but nevertheless it is clear from my conversations with him that it has been an enjoyable experience."
Very happy (ecstatic) to say I've passed my medical finals...only took me 8 years but worth every second of hard graft!! #Dr.Roberts ????????????
Wales Rugby International Jamie Roberts has posted on twitter to say he has passed his medical finals.
The 26 year old has been studying at Cardiff University whilst playing at the Cardiff Blues.
Jamie Roberts' last home game for the Blues has begun. The rugby region are playing Zebre at the Arms Park in the Pro12.
Cardiff Blues have confirmed that their Wales and Lions centre Jamie Roberts will leave the region at the end of the season.
He rejected a contract offer which the Blues say would arguably have seen him become the highest paid player in the UK.It's thought he will join French side Racing Metro.
Roberts, who turns 26 today, came through the Blues academy and has made 81 appearances for the region to date. He's a medical student at Cardiff University and will sit his final exams during the 2012 Six Nations.
Roberts is the latest in a string of Wales internationals to leave regional rugby for the continent. Cardiff Blues Chairman Peter Thomas says: "It is impossible for the Welsh regions to compete with the kind of money that is on offer from other clubs in other countries."
Cardiff Blues coach Phil Davies says the club have not given Jamie Roberts a deadline to sign a new contract.
The Wales and Blues centre has been linked with a move away from the Arms Park with big spenders Toulouse and Racing Metro among those believed to be considering bids.
Davies says he has had no indication of which way Roberts will go, and is planning for all eventualities.
Whilst the Wales rugby team prepare to fly home, following three straight defeats against the Wallabies in Australia, the injured Wales and Cardiff Blues Centre Jamie Roberts attended the Welsh language festival, Tyfal, at Cardiff Castle.
Roberts, who will be out of action for around 3 months, following an operation on his knee, spoke of the 'heartbreak' his team mates must be feeling after failing to secure a victory during their summer tour of Australia.