A boy from Virginia named Khalil Watson had his hopes dashed seven years ago when he was shot just a few months before he was scheduled to graduate from high school, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to walk again. Nevertheless, the 25-year-old beat the odds and walked across the stage to collect his first college degree while a crowd cheered him on. The support of physical therapists and a robotic exoskeleton allowed him to accomplish this almost impossible feat.
Because Watson could not attend his high school graduation, he expressed his happiness at seeing the event in person and referred to it as a “dream come true.” On May 15, he obtained a degree of associate of arts in pre-social work from Reynolds Community College in Richmond. He is quite proud of this accomplishment.
When Watson saw the positive comments that his supporters had left on social media posts that highlighted his graduation milestone, it served as a wake-up call for him to realize how much of an impact he had made on the lives of others.