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Montgomery Schools Hold Summer Graduation

Amanda Gilbert, 18, of Montgomery, holding her diploma after Summer graduation ceremonies for the Montgomery Public School System. Amanda Gilbert, 18, of Montgomery, holding her diploma after Summer graduation ceremonies for the Montgomery Public School System.

By Cody Holyoke - bio | email

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- It was a ceremony more than 12 years in the making, and for 68 students and their families, it was well worth the wait.

Charlotte Simpson is a whole lot happier than she was nearly three months ago, when the Montgomery Public School System denied her daughter, Amanda Gilbert, a diploma.

"I was homeless.  I suffer from seizures and my daughter had to miss classes because of me," Simpson said in a May interview.

We aired Amanda's story on WSFA 12 News, and thanks to donations from viewers, she got another chance--at summer school.

Now, with months of hard work and a "B" to show for it, Gilbert couldn't be happier.

"I want to thank you all so much because without you all, I would not have my diploma," she said to viewers.

It's a similar story for nearly 70 other kids who struggled but succeeded.

"It really shows this group of people and everybody if you keep pushing, keep fighting, and keep your faith, good things will happen," said Superintendent John Dilworth of the Montgomery Public School System.

The graduation comes as happy end to this story and an inspiration for others trying to reach their academic goals.

"Don't ever give up, because when you get [a diploma], it's [a sense of] relief," Gilbert said.

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