Surprise graduation brings Hanover grandma to tears

Surprise graduation brings Hanover grandma to tears

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A Hanover grandmother who relies on nursing home care was given a surprise that brought her entire family to tears.

Wednesday evening, Jasmine Hawkins will walk across the stage and graduate from Virginia Randolph Academy. Jasmine's grandmother, Mabel, will miss the event because she's in a nursing home care for congestive heart failure.

But thanks to the Academy's Principal, Grandma Mabel got her own graduation ceremony.

The principal showed up to the nursing home and presented Jasmine, the graduate, with the diploma in front of Grandma Mabel so she could see it happen.

"I was crying. She was in shock and she actually crying too," Jasmine said.

Jasmine's mother, Tonya, says Ms. Hawkins hasn't been able to see many of her children and grandchildren walk in a graduation ceremony over the years for one reason or another.

Tonya says she was blown away that Principal Jesse Casey took the time to visit Ms. Hawkins and give her this incredible moment.

"I cried, cried, cried.  Just for somebody to take the time out like that, Mr. (Jesse) Casey has been such an extraordinary principal, he's always been there for me and Jasmine through everything," Tonya said.

Jasmine says she either wants to go into the National Guard or be a nurse.

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