This Might Be Our Favorite Graduation Season Tearjerker Yet

posted: 05/18/16
by: TLCme

This season is full of touching stories about graduates, but it's hard to top the story of Kelly Acevedo, who beat the odds, to thwart gang violence and become the first person in her family to go to college -- and graduate with a likely salutatorian status while being honored with the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship.

But things weren't always so bright for Acevedo, whose family fled Los Angeles to Mexico after their family was threatened by gang violence. Always one to prioritize education, Kelly opted to move back to L.A. by herself at age 14 to pursue her education. After having just a blanket on the floor as her bed and studying with a flashlight as her light, she is on the verge of a full-ride scholarship to Berkeley or Wesleyan, and will have her graduate and doctorate education covered by the Gates Millennium Scholarship as well.

Before that, though, Acevedo was able to "forget about her responsibilities" and have a fun night out -- all glitzed up -- thanks to Say Yes to The Prom, which gives deserving students a beautiful head-to-toe prom look.

"I'm looking forward to being able to be a child again," Acevedo said about going to prom. "All my life I've had to act like an adult and carry so much responsibility and look out for myself about what to eat, school supplies, stress about money. So it's amazing I can participate in prom and just enjoy the time with my friends."

To experience the full event and hear more inspiring stories, watch the "Say Yes to the Prom" special on TLC Friday, May 20 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern.