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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A mother in Guilford County was ready to graduate, but then she got a surprise – she went into labor and had a baby.

Juliet Smith was getting ready to celebrate her graduation. And like any grad, she went to a restaurant with her family.

But while she was there, her water broke. She went into labor before the graduation and had to skip the ceremony to have her baby.

But the college swooped in and had a ceremony for her. The mother said her new child is the best graduation present she could ever ask for.

She also said she is thankful for the Guilford College community for throwing her a ceremony. Both the mother and child are doing fine.