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Young Man Born With Cerebral Palsy Takes First Steps To Accept His High School Diploma

May 24th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Nowadays, quite a few high schools give people grief for cheering after a student’s name is called during a commencement ceremony. However, they let a crowd full of graduating seniors, family, friends and faculty go wild during Okmulgee High School’s graduation (in Okmulgee, Oklahoma) on Friday, as everyone present was watching a miracle happen.

Mikah McDade was born with cerebral palsy, and as long as people had known him, they knew of him in his wheelchair. But McDade decided to surprise everyone and himself for his graduation ceremony. According to People, he practiced for months to be able to do what he did on May 20: walk across the stage so that he could accept his diploma.

When his name was announced, McDade stood up, and with the help of a walker, moved across the stage to a roaring applause from all in attendance, including his parents, Mark and Anisa McDade, who People reports were in tears during his big moment.

It was literally one that gave me goosebumps (and I had them each and every time I watched the video), and as the announcer said after the fact, was the “best” diploma acceptance moment ever. It was McDade’s first time walking, and it was an accomplishment I’m sure no one at that ceremony will ever forget.

Obstacles? What are those?