Or, the high schooler will be the first family member to continue on to college. Maybe he or she will be enlisting in the Armed Forces to protect and defend our freedom.
For Corey Patrick, a graduating senior from Tarrant High School in Alabama, graduating from high school was a milestone for him. When he moved to his mother's house located in the West End area of Birmingham, he ended up being 14 miles away from school.
This posed quite a conundrum for the young man who had his heart set on graduating with his longtime classmates and friends. So Corey opted to stick it out.
He was not about to drop out of school or transfer to one closer to home. Every morning of his senior year of high school, Corey would wake up at 4 a.m. so he could catch the MAX transit bus that eventually would deliver him near his high school.
MAX transit bus driver DeJuanna Beasely told WIAT-TV that Corey was an inspiration to her. She felt compelled to capture the image of Corey leaving her bus for the final time on graduation day.
She knew how dedicated he was and how he could serve as a role model for others. She had no idea when she shared the photos on social media that they would go viral.
"I just did it because he got on my bus and I was inspired that he got on by himself and he was so determined to get it with no one backing him."
DeJuanna shared that she picked Corey up at the Elyton projects and dropped him off at the Crossplex. Corey's motivation all throughout his senior year was amazing.
"It's all in what you want out of life. He didn't have on the best, but he was the best in my eyes. I was so proud of this black young man."
But the exciting news doesn't end there for Corey. Not only does he now possess his high school diploma that will help pave the way for his future, but he was blown away by two incredible and unexpected gifts.
First, Corey has been given a full scholarship to Jacksonville University. What an amazing blessing for this young man!
Then, local morning show radio host Rickey Smiley with 95.7 JAMZ caught wind of Corey's story, and what he did next left the whole community in disbelief. See how the stranger rewarded the bright and motivated teen in the video below - what an incredible gesture for such deserving young man!