Graduations are always a reason to celebrate. But for one student at Lee High School in Midland, Texas, there was an additional reason why.
Carlos Neria is the youngest of eight children, and he was born with Down’s syndrome. However, his mother was determined that he be treated like any other kid. When he walked to receive his diploma, he danced across the stage in a moment of complete joy. The cheers from the crowd made it clear that he has left an indelible mark on the collective heart of his classmates, who whoop and holler for him louder than anyone else.
A clip of the moment has since gone viral…
One of the greatest things about being part of graduation is celebrating the accomplishments of our students! We wanted to share a video with you of a very special graduate, Carlos Neria, who danced across the stage with the greatest joy and enthusiasm as he received his high school diploma! We are so proud of you Carlos and proud of all of our 2018 graduates!Midland Lee High School#onetownoneteam
Posted by Midland ISD on Tuesday, June 5, 2018
People offered their congratulations…
How sweet congratulations
— BECKY Elias (@BECKYElias4) June 14, 2018
— LaDeeDah (@ladahdee) June 14, 2018
Love it!!!! U GOO CARLOS A.K.A. MR. JOYOUS ???? wish All could be that happy?
— lola bee (@lolabee4bigbear) June 14, 2018
We love this!!! Congratulations Carlos Neria!
— CMF Foundation (@CMFFoundation) June 15, 2018
According to The Independent…
“Carlos will be attending Life College, and he has reportedly expressed interest in finding a job he can interact with people and share his infectious happiness.”
Neria’s mother, Teresa, told a local news channel…
“He’s given us an example of sharing, of love, of happiness. Nothing gets him down. He looks up and points to God. God. He’s full of faith. Lots of faith.”
Our world could definitely use more Carloses.