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Rion Holcome

Rion’s father reads him the acceptance letter as Rion gasps in disbelief. (Image/Youtube via Reddit)

(PIX11) — It’s difficult to watch 20-year-old Rion Holcombe, of Roebuck, South Carolina, see his dreams of college come true without tearing up.

Rion, like many students around his age, received an acceptance letter to attend college — his from a special program at Clemson University, his mother’s alma mater.

Already wearing his college sweatshirt, Holcombe’s face is priceless as he turns to his proud parents and asks incredulously, “They said ‘Yes’?”

Clemson’s two-year LIFE program accepts 15 young adults with special needs.

Rion’s mom, Susan, says, “I love that kids like Rion get to experience college life and this type of independence.”

The heartwarming video was posted to YouTube by his mother and quickly shot to the top of Reddit.

Reddit user ShapedCharged says “Let’s not forget the great work from the school too – helping those with disabilities realize higher education. This is progress in a big way.”

According to Buzzfeed, this is the video that Rion submitted with his application to Clemson:

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