Graduate confined to wheelchair receives standing ovation during emotional walk across stage

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RICHMOND, Va. — A young man with cerebral palsy made it his goal as a freshman to walk across the stage to receive his diploma during his high school graduation. Four years later, he did just that to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.

According to WTVR, Jim New, a recent graduate from Glen Allen High School who is confined to a wheelchair, was able to walk across the stage this week at the Virginia Commonwealth University Siegel Center. Classmates, parents and guests rose to their feet to recognize his achievements.

One person who attended said the cheering and applause was as loud as the fans during a VCU basketball game.

Jim’s mother told WTVR he increased his therapy sessions leading up to graduation in order to achieve his goal.

Jim will attend Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center for vocational training. He hopes to one day be a teacher or have a job in radio.

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