20-year-old Rion Holcombe applied to Clemson University’s LIFE program, which is designed for students with intellectual disabilities
When he got a big envelope from the school, his parents turned on the camera
After appearing to skim over the letter, Holcombe's father helps his son with the wording. "What's that first word right there?" the dad asks Rion. "It says 'congratulations.'"
At that point, Rion begins to put the pieces together, widens his eyes and realizes he is going to be a college student. "I got accepted?" he said excitedly as his father continues to read the letter's good news.
Needless to say, Rion plans to accept Clemson LIFE's invitation. "You're going to be a college student," Susan told her son. "You're going to be a Clemson Tiger."
"This is an amazing two-year program for a small number of young adults with special needs. This isn't a program in which one can earn a degree," Susan said in a statement.today.com
"Right now, Clemson is one of five universities in SC with a LIFE program. I love that kids like Rion get to experience college life and this type of independence. Proud of my alma mater!"metro.co.uk
WATCH: The touching moment Rion Holcombe opens his acceptance letter. His reaction is worth every penny of the price of admission.
Here’s the video Rion submitted as part of his college application. No wonder he got accepted!
According to Clemson LIFE's website, the program is designed for students with intellectual disabilities to better acclimate themselves in their community
The program may not give out a degree, but it will help its students discover who they are and what they want to do, develop social skills and even seek jobs and internships.huffingtonpost.com