Surprise Drive-By Parade Celebrates First Graduates from WCU’s RAM Initiative
Despite a rainy day, dozens of cars showed up for a surprise drive-by parade to celebrate the success of two graduates of West Chester University’s RAM initiative for students with intellectual disabilities, writes Alex George for FOX29.
Nate Seagraves and Emily Scott are the first-ever students to graduate from the two-year program.
“They are really paving the way for students with disabilities,” said West Chester University RAM Mentor Liz Schlosser. “It was really important that they felt like this was a special day for them, and they celebrated it like it should have been celebrated.”
The parade took place on a day that was supposed to be the two students’ commencement day. Their mentors and other students armed themselves with balloons, signs, and streamers to make the parade as special as possible for the two.
The surprise parade was a huge success, and it even brought tears to the graduates’ eyes.
“We’ve started talking about it since September of last year and every day there was some sort of a mention, ‘Oh, I can’t wait for graduation,’” said Elaine Scott, Emily’s mother.
Read more at FOX29 here.
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