Determined teen who took the bus to his graduation surprised with a car

Graduates throw their caps in the air.
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After working so hard all year and getting up before dawn to take the city bus to school, Corey Patrick was not going to miss his high school graduation.

Last week, the Alabama teen hopped on a bus wearing his graduation gown, garnering the attention of the driver. As he got off the bus and began his walk to the ceremony, the driver snapped a photo of him in admiration of his determination and shared it on social media. Patrick's mom, Felicia White, told WBRC the family didn't have transportation to get to the ceremony, and she told him he had to get on the bus to make sure he got there on time; his family did find a ride and watched him collect his diploma.

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Catherine Garcia, The Week US

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.