Angeline Lavasseur didn't want to break the time-honored tradition of graduates walking to get their diplomas at graduation.

The 18-year-old girl, who has been confined to a wheelchair throughout her childhood after being born with spina bifida, recently walked across the stage to pick up her diploma at Pinckney High School's graduation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

It marked the first time Lavasseur's classmates saw her walk.

Accompanied by a brace and crutches, Lavasseur got a standing ovation when she strolled onto the stage.

Give her an 'A' for her positive outlook. She said, "Just because I'm in a chair, I still fit in. I still do everything everyone else does."

Lavasseur now plans to go to enroll in community college and study physical therapy.

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