Family & Parenting

This Dad Built A Stage In His Driveway To Throw His Daughter A Graduation Ceremony

Way to go, dad!

High school graduation looks a little different for the class of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although official commencement ceremonies as we usually know them are canceled all over the country, people are still finding creative ways to make sure graduates feel recognized for their achievements.

One dad in Memphis, Tennessee, went so far as to build a stage in his driveway so that his daughter, Gabrielle Pierce, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University in New Orleans, could still get an approximation of a proper graduation ceremony at her own home.

When Torrence Burson noticed Pierce crying over having to miss out on her college graduation ceremony, he took matters into his own hands to make sure she felt special.

Once graduation day arrived, Pierce was able to walk across an actual stage, complete with a loudspeaker playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” Neighbors came by to watch her walk across the stage form a distance, and others drove by to cheer her on as well.

A neighbor, @negasibear86, shared the setup in an image posted to Instagram, writing, “My next door neighbor’s daughter couldn’t have her official graduation due to the pandemic so he created one for her! Now that’s a great/proud father for you. He made it happen!”