Waffle House employees in Alabama banded together to support an 18-year-old coworker attend his high school graduation.

When Timothy Harrison arrived for his shift at the Waffle House in Center Point, Alabama, his high school graduation was taking place across town. His boss and coworkers were taken aback when they saw him.

“Why aren’t you going to graduation?” his manager, Cedric Hampton, asked.

“I don’t have any way to get across town to Crossplex for the ceremony,” Timothy replied. “Besides, I wasn’t able to get tickets for my family because I was working and didn’t complete all of my senior activities.”

Cedric and his coworkers, including an assistant manager who was off that day, reported to work at that time.

“I was like,’you’re going’,” Cedric told WVTM.

Timothy was driven to the high school by Shantana Blevins to pick up his cap and gown.

Cedric, Chasadee Brown, and Patricia Richardson went to a local clothes store and purchased new pants, a dress shirt, and a tie for Timothy.

Shantana arrived just in time to drive Timothy across town for commencement. She didn’t have a ticket, so she waited for the ceremony to conclude in the parking lot.

“I had people want to see me succeed, so it kind of made me excited,” Harrison told WVTM. “When I put on the clothes, that was a different feeling. I don’t even know the words. A million dollars? It was the best feeling.”

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