Four years ago, Daivon Reeder’s stepdad told him something that he will never forget as long as he lives. The words of his stepdad stuck with him and in result made him tremendously better.
Reeder posted a photo of himself smiling in his cap and gown on Twitter but it was his caption that drew the attention of over 600,000 people. His stepdad told him that it was no point of going to college because he would not graduate.
The Detroit native’s caption read: “My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate…..4 years later he in jail & I’m well…. “
As of Monday, the tweet has more 602, 000 likes and 148,000 retweets.
“The last few days I’ve been thinking about all the trials and tribulations I’ve been going through,” Reeder said before he graduated from Eastern Michigan University on Saturday.
Reeder will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in military science.
“Stuff happens to you. You can run left or right,” Reeder said. “I ran right in a positive way.”
Reeder told Jermont Terry, a reporter at NBC affiliate WDIV-TV, that he did not publish the tweet to bash his stepdad but rather to motivate others who may be faced with challenges.
Reeder persevered through school even after losing his academic scholarship. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in military science.
“I really do appreciate all the support,” said Reeder. “It makes these last few years worth everything.”