Robin Sherman is seen after her graduation from University of South Carolina Sumter on Wednesday.
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She stood Wednesday as a testimony of perseverance, tassel to her left, 21 years in the making.
It was not easy to get to the moment on May 8 at Patriot Hall when the name “Robin Sherman” was called during USC Sumter’s graduation ceremony. Not much about Sherman is typical. She walked across the stage to receive her bachelor’s degree from sitting on the stage instead of in the audience with the rest of the 99 graduates so she could use her walker.
It took her as many years to graduate as many, if not most, of her fellow Class of 2019 have been alive. She is 52, has cerebral palsy and, while her words come out slowly, they deliver a quick sense of humor.
“You can use my age because as I say, not using it won’t make me younger,” she said Wednesday after the ceremony and as students, families and faculty dispersed from a free lunch in the USC Sumter Nettles Building gym put on by the college’s alumni association.
CP is a group of disorders that affect a person’s movements, balance and posture and is the most common motor disability in childhood, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms vary from person to person, but CP always comes with some form of abnormal or damaged brain development that can range from walking a little awkwardly to needing equipment to walk or not being able to walk at all.
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