Teenager With Down Syndrome Jumps for Joy at High School Graduation

June 13, 2018 Last Updated: June 13, 2018

A boy graduating from high school in Midland, Texas, stole the show at the ceremony as he jumped for joy on stage.

Carlos Neria, who has Down Syndrome, leaped with excitement at the Lee High School graduation ceremony last week, and the video is going viral online.

When his name was called, Carlos hopped up on stage and jumped and danced his way over to collect his diploma, pumping his fists in the air.

His enthusiasm was so contagious, a faculty member on stage began jumping along with him.

Midland Independent School District and others shared videos of the happy graduate on Facebook, and it has gone viral.

“One of the greatest things about being part of graduation is celebrating the accomplishments of our students! We wanted to share a video with you of a very special graduate, Carlos Neria, who danced across the stage with the greatest joy and enthusiasm as he received his high school diploma! We are so proud of you Carlos and proud of all of our 2018 graduates!”

According to a News10 report, Carlos’ mother, Teresa Neira, said her son finds inspiration through faith.

“He’s given us an example of sharing, of love, of happiness,” Neira said. “Nothing gets him down. He looks up and points to God. God. He’s full of faith. Lots of faith.”

She said Carlos plans to go to college and that he would like to find a job in which he interacts with people.

Credit: MISD Education Foundation via Storyful