Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — 4 long years, Sterlen Shepard has hit the books, studying hard while enrolled at Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, looking forward to graduating with friends and classmates.
Life, however, had a different plan for Shepard. Shepard was diagnosed with brain cancer 2 years ago. Since then, 2 brain surgeries and chemotherapy have made attending classes a challenge.
Even during his treatments, graduation was still on the mind of Shepard, attending courses whenever possible, even coming back to take various tests.
Despite his efforts, Shepard fell behind and wasn't able to graduate with his classmates. Seeing how hard he tried to graduate, staff at BTW decided to recognize that hard work with an honorary diploma.
Shepard wasn't on hand to receive his treasured diploma. He is back in the hospital, his cancer making it hard for him to stay awake for longer than 10 minutes.
After his graduation ceremony, friends, teachers and mentors delivered the diploma, along with his cap and gown to Shepard in the hospital.
His response; "I did it."