YPSILANTI, Mich. — A college student in Michigan was told by his stepfather that he would never graduate — but he did and his response has gone viral.
Daivon Reeder turned that doubt into motivation and graduated Saturday from Eastern Michigan University while his stepfather is in prison.
“My stepdad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn’t going to graduate. … 4 years later he in jail & I’m well,” Reeder wrote in the tweet.
Since posting the tweet on Friday, it has been retweeted more than 147,000 times and liked more than 595,000 times.
WDIV reports Reeder is the oldest of four children and that they moved around a lot while his mother struggled to provide for the family. Reeder said he didn’t see his stepfather as a positive role model.
“Stuff happens to you. You can run left or right,” Reeder said. “I ran right in a positive way.”
“I’m just a first-generation college kid from Detroit trying to beat the odds. I guess people can relate to a humble beginning,” Reeder told BuzzFeed.
Reeder graduated with a degree in criminal justice and a minor in military science.