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Local mom holds surprise mock ceremony for her college grad

Posted at 5:00 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 17:00:17-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into the plans for many graduating seniors, but one local mom gave her son the surprise of a lifetime amid all the uncertainty.

On May 16, Cindy Moore-Bridges held a surprise mock graduation ceremony for her son, Shawn Edwin Moore-Bridges, as a birthday gift. Shawn recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science with a concentration in Air Traffic Control from Elizabeth City State University.

Originally scheduled to be held on May 9, ESCU has postponed the in-person graduation ceremony until August. However, Cindy says if the pandemic peaks in July, that ceremony has a chance of being canceled as well. So, she did what any loving mother would do - she made her own graduation ceremony!

The Moore-Bridges family practiced social distancing and wore masks during the mock ceremony, transforming their yard into a stage worthy of pomp and circumstance.

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What's even more impressive is that Cindy says she planned the whole thing in less than 48 hours and had it all set up within three hours!

Congratulations, Shawn!

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