Scott Dunn would miss one of the most important moments in anyone’s life: his high school graduation. Luckily, his classmates were there to make it up to him.
After being severely injured in a car accident, the Pennsylvania teen was put into a medically induced coma just days before he would have received his diploma. After waking up, Dunn was devastated he had missed the meaningful event.
Dunn was a student of East Juniata High School in the town of McAlisterville, Pennsylvania. The story of his accident touched the faculty as well as the students. Everyone agreed to show support for Dunn any way they could. Their decision? A second graduation that would include the recovering 18-year-old.
The school principal reached out to Dunn’s family and said they wanted to do “something special” for Scott.
Once he was released from the hospital, three weeks after the original ceremony, the “re-do” of the graduation took place. The students of East Juniata High School, already graduated, came back to honor the teen.
The event was carried out in the same fashion as the first graduation. His classmates even included the exact speeches they read before. Everyone with their caps and gowns, celebrated his recovery and resilience.
With cheers from the crowd, Scott walked across the stage, shook the hand of the principal, and received his diploma. Afterwards, circling Scott, the entire student body tossed their caps in the air.
Scott was moved by the compassion his friends and family offered.
“I don’t know how to even explain it,” he said. “I’m speechless to know that this many people are behind me.”
Watch the event transpire in the moving footage below.
Source: ABC News