Four years ago, Daivon Raider’s stepfather told him that he would never graduate in college. Instead of feeling discouraged, he used these words to fuel his passion.
Fast forward to the present time; his stepfather landed in jail while Daivon got his degree, Bachelor in Criminal Justice from Eastern Michigan University.
During their graduation, Reeder’s friend took a picture of him which he posted to Twitter with the caption that says, “My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate…. 4 years later he [is] in jail & I’m well….”
His tweet became viral and had been retweeted more than 80,000 times; it received nearly 300,000 likes in less than 24 hours.
“When I tweeted it, I was just looking at my picture, and the emotion was kind of ironic. I was saying because of two situations we’re two black statistics and he’s on the bad statistics on the negative in jail, and I’m on the good statistic on the black man who just graduated college,” 22-year-old Reeder said.
The oldest of four kids raised by a single mother, Reeder had his share of difficulties and challenges as a college student. At one point, he even lost his scholarship but was able to get it back and earned a criminal justice degree.
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