South Carolina high school student gets early Christmas present in Clemson acceptance letter

South Carolina high school student gets early Christmas present in Clemson acceptance letter
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POSTED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 2:26pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3:20pm

The video of a South Carolina young man has gone viral after he received a special letter in the mail.

Rion Holcombe, was accepted into a special program at Clemson University called ClemsonLIFE™. The two-year  program at Clemson University is designed for students with intellectual disabilities who desire a postsecondary experience on a college campus.

According to the program's website, they believe:

  • That all young adults go through a similar development process that requires certain activities, experience and support.
  • That all young adults must develop skills and an understanding about themselves and the world around them in order to fully participate in society and to become successful, contributing adults.
  • That higher education is a vehicle for self-empowerment and access to social networks, employment, and independence.
  • That group membership provides essential motivation and support for learning and participation in community life.

The mission of ClemsonLIFE™, s to provide a coordinated course of study that includes career exploration and preparation along with self-awareness, discovery, and personal improvement through a framework of courses, job internships and community participation.

Rion's mother, Susan, caught his reaction on tape as he opened his life-changing letter and then posted the following on YouTube:

Thanks for the encouragement. A little explanation for those who find this perplexing....Rion was accepted into a special program called Clemson LIFE. This is an amazing two year program for a small number (15) of young adults with special needs. This isn't a program in which one can earn a degree. 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.

Click here to see the heart-warming reaction.

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