University student Daivon Reeder recently took to Twitter to celebrate the fact he was graduating, despite the discouragement of his own family.
“My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate…..4 years later he in jail & I’m well….,” he wrote, followed by three laugh crying emojis.
My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate…..4 years later he in jail & I’m well…. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/bLftj8BXni
— KING KIDD ???? (@_justcallmekidd) April 20, 2017
His tweet touched a nerve on social media and has amassed a flood of positive and encouraging responses, and many clapping gifs.
Everyone has a story. This one isn’t done yet! ????✊???????????? https://t.co/flWEqpHhPt
— Zach Badger-House (@ZachBadgerhouse) April 20, 2017
Four years later he’s Vince Carter. Inspirational stuff. https://t.co/fHmiWRqMq8
— Bob Loblaw (@hinkestom) April 20, 2017
Damn near blood ???? go crazy Michael ✊???? https://t.co/4oREvhXMSE
— “EA Sports” (@SkrappyT) April 20, 2017
— IG/SC KrysBrown89 (@KrysBrown89) April 20, 2017
— Samantha Jane (@sammyjane8342) April 20, 2017
Nick Shook, the digital content producer for the NHL, replied that he’d been told something similar by his stepdad.
— Nick Shook (@TheNickShook) April 21, 2017
While former NHL offensive tackle George Foster replied with fist emoji.
Reeder’s original tweet has since been shared nearly 90,000 times.
The Detroit resident studied criminal justice and military science major at Eastern Michigan University, where he will graduate from this weekend.
“I’m just a first generation college kid from Detroit trying to beat the odds,” he told Buzzfeed. “I guess people can relate to a humble beginning.”
Graduation cap off to him!