OKMULGEE, Okla. – As thousands of Oklahoma high school seniors graduate and move on to their next step in life, many are looking back at the hard work it took to reach that milestone.
However, one Oklahoma high school senior worked a little harder than most to pull off a huge surprise in front of his classmates.
Micah McDade, who was born with cerebral palsy, has been confined to a wheelchair for as long as students could remember.
According to Okmulgee News Network, McDade has been working for months to be able to leave that wheelchair behind at one important moment.
On Friday, the seniors at Okmulgee High School gathered at Harmon Stadium for their commencement ceremony.
On that night, McDade was just like his fellow students.
Like them, he walked to receive his diploma.
Unbeknownst to his classmates, McDade’s perseverance had paid off.
When his name was called, he wheeled himself to the stage and then stood up.
With the help of a walker, McDade made it across the stage to accept his diploma.
His senior classmates immediately gave him a standing ovation.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been doing this a long time. That is the best ever!” the announcer said as Micah was helped back into his wheelchair.