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This Graduate Got a Car After Photos of Him Taking a City Bus in Cap and Gown Went Viral

This Graduate Got a Car After Photos of Him Taking a City Bus in Cap and Gown Went Viral

When most high school students complain about having to wake up extra early, they’re usually referring to a pre-class swim practice or a last-minute study session before a big test. But that was never the case for recent graduate Corey Patrick, who spent the last year waking up at 4:30 a.m. every morning in order to arrive on time to Tarrant High School in Alabama.

As his mother Felicia White told WBRC, Corey had attended Tarrant City Schools since fourth grade, but things got tricky when their family moved to a town 14 miles away. Even though his family had no means of transportation, Patrick didn’t want to miss out on senior year with friends, so he woke up at 4:30 every morning in order to make it to a 5:41 a.m. bus that would help him get to Tarrant on time.

And just as he had done every other school day of the year, Corey got up one morning to start the journey from his Birmingham home to his high school; the only noticeable difference that morning was that he was wearing his graduation gown, which prompted that day’s bus driver, DeJuanna Beasley, to take a couple photos, which she then shared on social media with a caption saying, “You tell me this ain’t Determination… he got on my bus to go to his Graduation, no one was with him… sometimes it’s all in what you want out of life… I was so proud of this black young man.”

The post clearly had an impact, not only evidenced by the 43,000 shares and 74,000 reactions on Facebook, but also by the fact that it caught the attention of radio host Rickey Smiley, who surprised Corey on Friday by giving him a car at the 95.7 JAMZ studio.

Smiley shared a photo of the pair on Twitter, and confirmed that he would ensure that Patrick received help with getting his driver’s license.

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In addition to receiving the new car, a GoFundMe was also created for Corey, which has now raised over $20,000. And according to CBS 42, Corey has also received a full scholarship to Jacksonville University, where he plans to study computer science. Corey stated on the GoFundMe page that “I have beat all odds and I am now a 2018 graduate of Tarrant High School. I thank you all for the support. You have shown me that it does indeed ‘Take A Village.’”

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