OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — The COVID-19 put an end to the traditional senior year experiences of high school students all over the world.
That list includes graduation.
The pandemic hasn’t stopped one family from making sure their senior enjoyed a special day.
It all happened in his front yard.
There was a stage, a DJ, a speaker, and of course family and friends.
The COVID-19 pandemic has erased the traditional graduation for the class of 2020, but, it can’t destroy the spirit of creativity.
Dressed in his cap and gown, Center Hill senior Jamarius Allen was surprised by family and friends Saturday.
Allen, said, “This has been a very special day and I didn’t know nothing about none of this".
Complete with music and a graduation speaker, the stage was set for a single graduate.
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“I wanted to make sure it happened right here in my yard with our family and friends. We’re very family-oriented,” said Carolyn Brown.
Allen’s mother Carolyn said she noticed her son was feeling down.
He said, “I felt sad because I know some of my classmates I probably wouldn’t see after graduation day so I felt kind of sad that I wouldn’t get to see those people again."
A pandemic ruining senior year isn’t even the biggest challenge for Allen.
At the age of five, a cyst was found on his brain.
He’s had six surgeries, with his most recent operation in 2018.
With the support of Center Hill, Allen was able to have a homebound teacher.
Carolyn told FOX13, “I push him. Continue to push him. I don’t want him to feel down on himself. I don’t feel down and I don’t want anybody else to.”
Like the entire class of 2020, Allen found a way to push through.
“It was hard but I kept God first and moved on,” said Allen.
He’s set to attend Jackson State where he wants to major in biology and practice animal physical therapy.
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