He used his stepfather’s disbelief as motivation.
Detroit, Michigan — Graduating college student Daivon Reeder tweet a viral message on Twitter on Friday afternoon. The tweet had a photo of Reeder preparing for graduation and wrote about proving his stepfather for not believing he can graduate from college.
My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn't going to graduate…..4 years later he in jail & I'm well…. 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/bLftj8BXni
— KING KIDD 🏆 (@_justcallmekidd) April 20, 2017
If Reeder would have listened to his stepfather he would not have majored in Criminal Justice, minored in Military Science, and graduate from Eastern Michigan University.
Over 142,000 users shared and over 500,000 users favorited the tweet.
“I literally tweeted, I went to sleep, my phone was dead. I charged it and my phone went boom boom boom. I was like, Oh my gosh, what’s going on. It’s exciting, it really is,” said, Reeder.
While in school, Reeder had two jobs to assist his family because he never had a supportive male role model. However, Reeder did not use his circumstances as an excuse, instead, he and nine of his peers established the organization that mentor young boys.
All of his life, Reeder had to endure adversity but he knew that being the first generation college student has value.
“Living our values – live, learn, teach, knowing I was living life making mistakes. But I was learning from them able to teach someone else,” said Reeder.