A college student born with spina bifida shocked her parents by rising from her wheelchair at graduation and walking across the stage to claim her diploma.
Gerene TeKippe has relied on a wheelchair to get around since the 8th grade. She surprised her parents on graduation day at St. Ambrose University in Iowa by walking to accept her degree.
“I think I was just surprised the whole time,” said mom Sherri TeKippe. “(My husband) looked at me and said, ‘Did you know she was going to do that?’ and I said, ‘No, I didn’t know that.'”
Gerene says her parents raised her to be headstrong.
“If you want to do something, you’ve got to figure out a way to get it done,” college grad Gerene told WQAD.