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Teen Refuses to Go to His Graduation Because His Parents Can't Make It - But His Manager Has a Different Idea
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Teen Refuses to Go to His Graduation Because His Parents Can't Make It - But His Manager Has a Different Idea

Graduation day, a time when dreams and hard work merge into a future full of promise, is a monumental occasion in anyone's life. It's a day for the proud graduates, a moment to reflect on the journey and bask in the glory of achievement. For Timothy Harrison, a young man from Center Point, Alabama, this day held immense significance, but the path to celebrating his graduation was laden with unexpected challenges.Why One Waffle House Employee Couldn’t Attend His GraduationTimothy, like many high school students, decided to earn some extra money before donning that cap and gown. He took a job at his local Waffle House, working diligently to secure his financial footing. Just a week before his graduation ceremony, with excitement and hope in his heart, Timothy made a humble request to his manager, Cedric Hampton -- he asked for the day off to attend his graduation.Cedric, recognizing the importance of this milestone, readily approved Timothy's request. He wanted his young employee to savor this momentous day fully. However, when the graduation day dawned, confusion hung in the air. Timothy walked into work as if it were any other day, leaving Cedric puzzled. Why was this dedicated young man not at his graduation?The answer was heart-wrenching. Timothy couldn't secure a ride across town to reach his commencement ceremony, and, even more sadly, he couldn't get tickets for his family to attend. This is where compassion triumphed over circumstance. Cedric and his compassionate team at Waffle House, embodying the true spirit of community, rallied together for a cause that transcended their roles as coworkers.They quickly formulated a plan to make sure Timothy would not miss his graduation, regardless of the hurdles. With a sense of purpose and solidarity, they divided tasks among themselves. Cedric and two other colleagues ventured to a clothing store to choose a sharp, brand-new outfit for Timothy. This ensemble would be his armor of confidence on this special day. Meanwhile, another coworker, Shantana Blevins, took Timothy to his high school to collect his cap and gown, the iconic symbols of graduation.Why Waffle House Employees Went the Extra Mile for a Co-workerOnce everything was in place, the entire team rallied around Timothy, ensuring he felt like Cinderella preparing for the ball. The same Shantana, who had already gone above and beyond, took the wheel again. She not only drove Timothy to the graduation ceremony but patiently waited outside. She understood the importance of the photographs and the celebratory moments that awaited him with his friends. Once the ceremony ended, she made sure Timothy returned home, ensuring he knew he had the whole night off to savor this remarkable occasion.Cedric, in reflecting on this act of kindness, simply stated that it was the right thing to do. In Timothy, he recognized a young man of remarkable character — a hard worker and a polite individual. Cedric and his team understood that their efforts were not just a favor; they were crafting a memory that would last a lifetime.“He’s a fine young man,” Cedric added. “He’s a hard worker, very polite. It’s the least we could do for him.”How One Heartwarming Gesture Sparked AnotherThis heartwarming gesture did not just stop at creating beautiful memories; it sparked a wildfire of inspiration. Lawson State Community College was so moved by Timothy's story that they offered him free tuition and books if he decided to continue his education beyond high school. This remarkable chain of events is a testament to the power of compassion and community coming together to lift one another up.In Timothy's story, we find an embodiment of resilience, kindness, and the profound impact of selfless gestures. It serves as a reminder that the true essence of success isn't solely found in individual accomplishments but in the collective spirit of empathy and support. Timothy's graduation day became not just a celebration of his academic journey but a testament to the extraordinary goodness that exists within us all.In the end, this story leaves us with a profound realization — that a single act of kindness, a moment of compassion, can shape destinies and create ripples of inspiration far beyond what we can imagine. As we celebrate Timothy's graduation, let us also celebrate the boundless capacity of the human heart to come together, overcome obstacles, and make dreams come true.More from Goalcast:5-Year-Old Sees Homeless Man Outside Waffle House and Asks His Mom to Buy Him Food – He Then Brings the Entire Restaurant to TearsElderly Man Has Spent $13,000 on Strangers at Waffle House – The Reason Why Is Just Two WordsBoss Is Hesitant When Deaf Employee Asks to Become the Chef – Little Did He Know How Customers Would View Him

12-Year-Old Is Forced to Start Working to Pay Bills - Finally, She Decides to Finish What She Started 60 Years Ago
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12-Year-Old Is Forced to Start Working to Pay Bills - Finally, She Decides to Finish What She Started 60 Years Ago

When it comes to accomplishing dreams you set out for yourself as a kid, it’s never too late. One great-grandmother from Queensland is living proof that your dreams stick with you forever.Sharon Sutton didn’t grow up with much. When she was a kid, she wasn’t able to attend high school because of a lack of resources. At age 12, she got a job to help her family pay the bills. Why One Woman Had to Start Working at 12 Years OldPhoto by cottonbro studioFast forward six decades and 73-year-old Sharon is pictured throwing her graduate cap during her commencement ceremony. “I've never stopped learning," Sharon said. “Even in those 55 years between finishing primary school and starting university, I don't think I ever stopped learning. I was always reading something and finding something new.”As a kid, Sharon loved to go to school. She had aspirations of becoming a history and geography teacher when she graduated. “I just assumed I was going on to high school,” she said. “I said something to my mum about, ‘Next year when I go to high school’ — and she told me that there was no high school… because mum and dad didn't have the money to buy uniforms or books or shoes. I was 12 when I started working in a clothing factory, which today would be called a sweatshop.”Sharon always knew she would get her degree one day. Over the next 40 years, Sharon and her husband worked on a cattle farm while raising their children and grandchildren.When she retired, she remembered what she set out to do and enrolled herself at the University of the Sunshine Coast. At school, she studied a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English and minoring in history and Indigenous studies.How a Grandmother Proved the Importance of Chasing Your Dreams Today, Sharon stands proud of the five years she worked to get her degree. She was constantly surrounded by people much younger than her but always managed to keep her head up. “I didn't just scrape over the line, she said. “I got good marks in so many subjects and so many assignments.” What Sharon found the most difficult in all of her studies was the technological aspect. She had to create PowerPoints and submit online assignments, which she had never done before. “I can remember submitting my first assignment and wondering whether it was going into the black hole of technology and if I'd ever see it again,” Sharon said. “PowerPoint presentations were an absolute nightmare, but I always got over the line with the content.” When Sharon was completing the forms for graduation everything became real. "I started to cry. I thought, 'Gee, it's real now, it’s not something just down the track. It's actually going to happen, I'm actually going to get a university degree,'” she said. “I think Mum would be proud.”Sharon’s message to everyone wanting to further their education is to “just go for it.” It’s never too late to finish what you started. “The environment and the atmosphere is so good, and mixing with the young people and listening to their views on things — it's just a great experience,” she mentioned. “I miss it terribly already.”More from Goalcast:Boy Walks More Than 2 Hours to Make It to His Graduation – Then an NFL Star Steps Up With a Free RideSingle Mom Asks Stranger to Cheer for Her Daughter at Graduation – Little Did She Know Just What He Was About to DoTeacher Thinks His Students Are Looking “Scruffy” at Their Graduation – Gives Them All Free Haircuts in School

Woman Gives Birth to Baby Boy - Less Than 24 Hours Later, She Rushes to Graduate College With a PhD
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Woman Gives Birth to Baby Boy - Less Than 24 Hours Later, She Rushes to Graduate College With a PhD

Anyone who has ever birthed a baby knows how intense it is. Amazing, yes. Really, really, really exhausting? YES.Postpartum recovery is no joke. A mother's body has been stretched to the limit, literally. There's all sorts of pain and walking feels like torture by a thousand daggers with each step.But that didn't stop one new mom from taking the stage for her college graduation less than 24 HOURS after giving birth and only 3 HOURS after being discharged from the hospital. I am woman. Hear me roar. Sometimes Life Has Other Plans...It was a busy week for doctorate of nursing student Abby Bailiff, 28, of Thomasville, North Carolina. “I passed my boards on Monday, induced Tuesday, had baby Wednesday, graduated Thursday,” Bailiff told CBS-17.For the past three years, Bailiff has been attending the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing while simultaneously working full-time as a registered nurse. Oftentimes, she working the overnight shifts so she could attend school during the day, according to Good Morning America.As if that wasn't grueling enough, she also completed the last part of the doctor of nursing practice program WHILE pregnant. Whew. Bailiff knew her due date and graduation date were going to be close, but she had no idea they were going to be THAT close.The plan was to have her baby a week before the ceremony, giving her a chance to recuperate before donning her cap and gown. But apparently, Bodie had other plans. Mom Has a Baby and Graduates With a PhD in a Span of 24 HoursAs her due date came and went with no sign of baby Bodie, Bailiff got increasingly more and more nervous. "Every day past 40 weeks I was like, 'Oh gosh. This is getting closer and closer,'" Bailiff told GMA.So close, that just 2 days before she was supposed to walk the stage to receive her PhD, doctors finally induced her, concerned about Bodie's lung development.On May 3, at 3:08 p.m, Bodie James Bailiff said hello to the world, and Bailiff said hello to a new title, mom. Born 8lbs 11oz and 21.5 inches long, Bodie arrived safely, without any complications. After spending one night in the hospital, Bailiff and Bodie were discharged the following day — graduation day."I was still debating on whether I was going [to graduation] or not, because I didn't want to be, like, a bad mom and just up and leave him right when I got home," Bailiff said. "But around 1:30, I was like, 'I think I should really do this.' My sister and mom were here, and they were like, 'Well, let's get you ready.'"Just three hours after leaving the hospital, Bailiff crossed the stage at her graduation ceremony, gaining her second title, "Doctor," in less than 24 hours.Super.Woman.TikTok Video Goes Viral, Garnering Over 1.3 Million ViewsBailiff's sister, Hannah Allison, posted a video of the incredible accomplishment on TikTok, where it quickly went viral. She captioned it: "POV: you become a mom & doctor in the same 24 hours."The 9-second clip shows Bailiff's journey from the hospital to the stage, with a cameo from a very special guest of honor.The video garnered over 1.3 million views, nearly 170K likes, and 1300 comments. Bailiff was "blown away" by all of the support."This is the most bada$$ thing I’ve ever seen. 😍" One commenter wrote.Another wrote, "I don’t think Ive ever been so proud of someone I don’t know.""no one except women will understand how unreal amazing this is…. YOU GO GIRL."Commenter after commenter praised the new mom (and doctor!) and for good reason."At the moment, I was just like, I'll just go and do it, and then when my sister made the video, it just kind of put everything in perspective," Bailiff said.“I just felt like a superhero,” she added.One Woman’s Journey Is Inspiring OthersBailiff hopes that one day, Bodie will be inspired by his mom's story. And in the meantime, she hopes she can serve as an inspiration to other women out there, who are questioning if they really can do it all."Women are just so capable of doing whatever we can to accomplish our goals and still be a mom and still have career goals as well," Bailiff said.Her husband, Ben, agrees. He adds that this is just "a small sampling of how inspiring his wife truly is."Parenthood and pursuing one's dreams are not mutually exclusive. Women don't have to lose themselves in motherhood. “We as women can do whatever we set our minds to,” she concluded.More from Goalcast:Man Asks for Stories From People Who Only “Became Successful” After 40 Years and Twitter DeliversImmigrant Janitor Graduates From Nursing School – And Works at the Same Hospital He Used to Clean89-Year-Old Retiree Proves That Age Is Just a Number – He Defies All Odds and Gets His Ph.D. In Physics From Yale

Boy Walks More Than 2 Hours to Make It to His Graduation - Then an NFL Star Steps Up With a Free Ride
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Boy Walks More Than 2 Hours to Make It to His Graduation - Then an NFL Star Steps Up With a Free Ride

It was grade 8 graduation day for 14-year-old Xavier Jones. But before he could step onto the stage to receive his diploma, he had to take a few thousand steps first to get there.When his grandfather's car wouldn't start, Xavier knew he had to come up with an alternative plan to get to the ceremony which was being held across town. So, he did what most of us do, he turned to Google for help. “I looked up Harris Stowe University on Google Maps, and then I saw the walking distance, and then I said I could probably make it,” Xavier told News 4. "I wanted to walk across the stage."It was a journey that would take him 6.6 miles and over two hours to complete.Determined Boy Walks Over 6 Miles and Two Hours to Receive His DiplomaBut it was a journey he didn't have to walk alone. Enlisting his brother and a friend for company, the trio trekked through the blazing hot sun, walking from north St. Louis to midtown.Jones' mentor, Darren Seals, who works with him at the Sankofa Community Center told KSDK News, "The shoes that he walked in had holes in the bottom, holes in the top. Two-and-a-half-hours walk. A long road, I wouldn't have walked it."He might not have walked it, but Xavier did. And he made it. Just in time to walk across the stage to receive his diploma from Yeatman Middle School and a standing ovation from the crowd. But that's not all the 4.0 grade-point-average student received.A University Steps Up and Gives Xavier Jones a Free RideThe president of Harris Stowe State University, Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith, was so impressed by Xavier’s determination that she decided to take a few steps of her own."When I heard that story and to see that young man who was so bright and excited and driven, it spoke volumes to me," Dr. Collins Smith said. "It spoke resilience, persistence, perseverance." His persistence paid off. She awarded Xavier with a full-ride presidential scholarship that will cover four years of tuition, books, and fees. It will be waiting for him when he graduates high school.However, it wasn't the only "free ride" in Xavier's future. When word got out about the teen, Miami Dolphins NFL player, Terron Armstead, decided to gift him with a literal ride. NFL Player Joins Forces With Others to Give Teen a Literal Lift Times Two Armstead partnered with Ryan Pritchard EV, Bommarito Automotive, and others (including his Miami Dolphins teammate, Tyreek Hill) to give Xavier and his family not one ride, but two. During a celebrity basketball game at Cahokia High School in the Cahokia suburb of St. Louis, Armstead surprised Xavier with a $5,000 E-bike. But he didn't stop there. He then gifted the boy and his family with a brand new Honda Odyssey, courtesy of the generosity of Bommarito Automotive.And while the minivan may not be the NASCAR race car Xavier hopes to professionally drive one day, it'll definitely get him where he needs to go."We hear a story like Xavier. It's only right. Follow Xavier's example. He's a leader whether he wanted to be or not. His story is inspiring. It's motivating. That's what leaders do."Terron ArmsteadXavier may only be 14 years old but he's no stranger to overcoming adversity. Growing up in poverty, his mother passed away several years ago and he and his six siblings are being raised by their disabled grandfather. Additionally, the teen has sickle cell anemia, which, according to the Mayo Clinic, is a disorder that affects the red blood cells and can cause fatigue, periodic episodes of extreme pain, swelling, vision problems, and frequent infections.And yet, despite his challenges, Xavier isn't about to give up. He continues to put one foot in front of the other and is inspiring others along the way. "At the end of the rainbow, there’s a pot of gold. I learned a lot from Xavier that day,” Dr. Collins Smith told KMOV. “Even on your worst day keep pressing forward.”More from Goalcast:Single Mom Asks Stranger to Cheer for Her Daughter at Graduation – Little Did She Know Just What He Was About to DoTeacher Thinks His Students Are Looking “Scruffy” at Their Graduation – Gives Them All Free Haircuts in School

Single Mom Asks Stranger to Cheer for Her Daughter at Graduation - Little Did She Know Just What He Was About to Do
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Single Mom Asks Stranger to Cheer for Her Daughter at Graduation - Little Did She Know Just What He Was About to Do

Everyone deserves a cheering squad. It was graduation day at Desoto Central Middle School and single mom, Brandy, wanted what all parents want — for her daughter, Aria Thomas, to feel loved and celebrated.So, the self-professed "party of one," decided to recruit a fellow parent to "holler for her baby" when Aria's time came to get her certificate. To say he understood the assignment doesn't even come close to doing his response justice. And thankfully for us and the 12 MILLION other people (give or take) who have watched his hilariously heartwarming reaction unfold, his wife, MJ, caught it all on camera.TikTok of Stranger Cheering for Single Mom’s Daughter Goes ViralPhoto by Emily RanquistMJ shared the now-viral video on her TikTok account @talkgerman2me, captioning it: "My hubby is hilarious. She don't know who she sat by."She's about to find out...The clip begins with MJ’s husband, aka Pop Pop, assuring Brandy, “Oh I ain't playing.” Clearly, it is GAME ON.As Brandy turns toward MJ, MJ asks her: “You recruited him to holler for your baby?” "Yes, I'm gonna holler," Pop Pop responds in the background (like his wife had any doubt!)“Yeah because we’re a party of one," Brandy tells her, jokingly referring to herself as "we." "So help this single momma out and holler for my baby.”While the two moms are chatting, Pop Pop is getting down to business warming up his vocal chords like he's a rock star about to play to a sold-out crowd. Leaving nothing to chance, he spends the next few moments hilariously "practicing," stretching his mouth wide and making loud noises, to the point that his family begs him to "Stop it."The Big MomentFinally, Aria's big moment arrives. As Aria prepares to take center stage, Pop Pop excitedly whispers, "Right here." And this is when the train starts barreling out of the station and tumbling off the tracks.While Brandy and MJ cheer, Pop Pop jumps to his feet. Despite all of the time he spent practicing, he doesn't yell. Instead, he puts his fingers to his mouth and whistles. Loudly. Not once, not twice but three times.“I didn’t even know you could do that,” MJ tells him as he sits down. “You didn’t do that for Jade! I didn’t know you could whistle like that.” For context, Jade is their own daughter who also happened to be walking in the graduation ceremony.The video resonated with millions, receiving more than 2M likes, 87K shares, and nearly 8K comments. TikTok viewers loved it, praising Pop Pop for his incredible response and infectious energy."As a single mom I absolutely love this!! I’m so glad he was all for it," one commenter wrote.Another said, "Honestly as a kid who was embarrassed having no one but my nana at my grad, this made me so happy.""Him practicing is hilarious 😂😂😂😂😂"Even Brandy herself commented on the heartwarming moment, thanking the couple for showing up for her daughter.“Listen 👂🏽 I am so appreciative! I just wanted to make sure my baby felt celebrated 🎉and y’all definitely did that! It was the energy ✨ for me!” she wrote.For the naysayers who questioned why Pop Pop didn't whistle for his own daughter, Jade, fear not. In a follow-up TikTok, MJ shares her husband's response to Jade's graduation moment and assures viewers that he is the "ultimate hype man" for his kids.When Jade's name is announced, Pop Pop gets to his feet, cheering her on.When It Comes to Raising Kids, It Really Does Take a VillageYet, the harsh reality is that many single parents don't have one. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly a quarter of kids are being raised by a single parent. That amounts to more than 23 million kids.And while some have large extended families and friends to help fill in the gap, many do not, including Aria Thomas. But thanks to the kindness of a literal stranger and a mom courageous enough to ask for help (kudos to her!!), for this day at least, Aria definitely did not feel alone.Frankly, we could all use a Pop Pop in our lives cheering us on. His amazing response is a reminder that sometimes, we all need to step up and become a part of someone else's village. More from Goalcast:Teacher Thinks His Students Are Looking “Scruffy” at Their Graduation – Gives Them All Free Haircuts in SchoolTeen Is Photographed Walking at 4 AM to Reach His Graduation – So a Stranger Gifts Him a Brand New Car