*Video of this tearful young man bursting with joy, pride and gratitude during his drive-thru graduation has touched thousands online after going viral.
Dontrail Spencer is being filmed in the passenger seat as he clutches his diploma from Pearl Cohn High School and screams out the names of his teachers and administrators who helped him along the way, telling them with pride, “I graduated!”
One teacher in particular, a Ms. Gleason, caused him to get out of the car for a long embrace, tossing all social distancing to the wind.
“It was just an emotional day for me, to see myself graduate, I never thought I’d see myself in a cap and gown with a big diploma in my hand,” Spencer told NewsChannel 5. “It was emotional. I didn’t know what to say. I was speechless. All I could do was shed tears of joy, that was all I did.”
The video was posted to Facebook by Rasheedat Fetuga, president of Gideon’s Army, an organization that works to keep kids off of the streets. Fetuga worked with Spencer throughout his high school career, and Spencer credited the organization with helping him get to graduation, saying, “I could’ve been like any other kid on the streets.”
Watch below, or click here to watch at Nashville’s NewsChannel 5.
FYI, that’s his mom, Tamika Hawkins, who’s heard shouting from the back seat and saying through tears, “I’m so proud of you, Dontrail.”