Imagine busting your tail for four years and not being able to celebrate like you had planned. This time of year is a big deal for some. Commencement represents a milestone, a step forward. So much so that even Barack Obama gave a virtual inspirational speech to all the COVID 19 graduates, impressing upon them to hold on and remain focused on their goals. Reminding them that this present circumstance does not solidify their hard work.
Gabrielle Pierce was set to graduate like the rest of the global 2020 graduates, however due to corona no one is walking on stage. Especially if more than 10 people are gonna be around. But Pierce took the cancellation to heart. In tears, literally, for over a week, discouraged behind the fact that she wouldn’t get to graduate traditionally, her father, Torrence Burson came to the rescue in the most memorable and creative kind of way. Dad rearranged the driveway to set up a stage for his baby girl.
“I was so upset. I was sad,”Pierce told CNN.
Xavier University of Louisiana notified graduates mid-March about the change. Like most schools, they plan to host a virtual commencement instead.
“I actually finished December of 2019. They (Xavier University) only have one commencement each year,” Pierce said. “So I had to wait until spring of 2020 to walk”.
Pierce worked extremely hard over the past four years, earning a bachelors degree in public health science with a minor in biology. For her, the emotional pretension of not walking across the stage was debilitating.
“I was like, I can’t believe this is happening after waiting so long. I deserve to walk” Pierce said.
Torrence told the news outlet,:”I went to bed and woke up in the middle of the night and said, ‘”That’s it. I’m just going to do the graduation here”. And that’s exactly what he did. At first he said his wife thought he was crazy, and even Gabrielle had some apprehension around the idea. However when the day arrived, not only did Gabrielle have a full on view of a live stage, but she also received presents and a cap and gown, while the Graduation March blasted on a loud speaker.
Torrence added: “We love our daughter this much. Regardless of the dollar figure, what it took to pull this off. If I had to do this over, I’d probably do it even bigger.”
A super stoked Gabrielle added: “It was just amazing. Better than the actual graduation, because it was more personal.” Gabrielle plans to join the Air National Guard before going back into education to become an epidomologist.
These types of obstacles are what super man capes are made for. Dad certainly saved the day. Congratulations family!! Wishing you major success in your horizon. Black Dads Rock!!! Period.