Due to the ongoing of coronavirus pandemic, all college, high school, and other graduation ceremonies have been canceled. It means that students do not get the chance to fully celebrate the achievement they deserve. Many might feel left out, like they’re missing an important coming-of-age event. The dad in the story below decides to host college graduation for his daughter on his own. How? Build a stage right on his driveway.
Gabrielle Piece was one of the graduates from Xavier University in Louisiana, was to accept her diploma in biology with a focus in pre-medicine. Speaking to the local news station, the new graduate said: “Initially I was upset. I was crying. It took me like a week to stop crying. I really wanted to walk, I felt like I needed to walk.” Luckily, her hero dad turns her dream into reality. He gives his daughter the graduation ceremony day she deserves.
This dad hosted a college graduation ceremony for his beloved daughter.
Gabrielle’s father Torrence Burson was just as upset that his girl couldn’t get the graduation day she deserved. He takes matter into his own hand by creating a ceremony himself. “I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night and said, ‘That’s it. I’m just going to be the graduation here,’” Torrence told the media.
The ongoing of coronavirus pandemic forced colleges to cancel graduation events, so he set up a stage on his own driveway
“After all those years, you’re going to walk across somebody’s stage if I have to build you one myself,” the dad reportedly told his daughter. So he built a stage right in the driveway of his house, equipped with loudspeakers that blasted the graduation march. Like other graduation ceremonies, his also had an invocation, a welcome speech, and Whitney Houston’s out-of-this-world version of the National Anthem was played.
The dad even printed out a program for the event
“Gabrielle graduated from Southwind High School in 2015 with the ambition to attend the Illustrious Xavier University of Louisana to achieve a degree in Biology Pre-Medicine,” the speech, written by Torrence Burson, read. “During her junior year of college, she decided to go into another direction in medicine by deciding to go into Public Health Science for Epidemiology. After all the trials and tribulations she went through, she completed college with 130 credit hours. She now plans to join the Armed Forces to accomplish her end goal of working for the CDC.”
Gabrielle told the media that the ceremony hosted by her dad was even better “than the actual graduation”
Neighbors who were driving by the graduation ceremony were honking in support. “It was just amazing,” Gabrielle told the media. “Better than the actual graduation, because it was more personal.”
As it felt more personal
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