Pennsylvania high school recreates graduation for student who was in coma

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COCOLAMUS, Pa. — After a terrible car accident, a Pennsylvania high school student was in a coma as his classmates graduated.

But his school made sure his excused absence from the ceremony didn’t keep him from getting the full graduation experience, the Lewistown Sentinel reported.

Scott Dunn Jr. was airlifted to the hospital after a bad crash May 22. He was in a coma there for several days, and those several days were some important ones — one was supposed to be his graduation.

Dunn received his diploma three weeks later, but he wasn’t alone. More than 50 of his 80 classmates put their caps and gowns back on to join him as he walked across the stage.

“It’s like a reunion,” a teacher told the Lewistown Sentinel.

Even some of the first responders who helped saved Dunn’s life were there were there to watch the proud moment.

“At the first ceremony I spoke to you about perseverance,” the principal said in his speech to the graduates. “It’s because of his perseverance that Scotty is with us here today.”