His Parents Didn't Think He Was Graduating. Then He Surprised Them With Tickets.

At one point, he had been suspended for his 1.47 GPA.

"They've always said that the greatest gift you can ever gift your parents, is the gift of education. I've planned for this moment for so long and it finally came."

In a post on Love What Matters, Hanss Mujica, 24, explains how he surprised his family by announcing he'd be graduating from college. Mujica says he wasn't a dedicated student in high school, but was able to pass his classes. 

"In high school, teachers are always on top of you to see if you turned in your work or if you read the assigned book," Mujica writes on Love What Matters. But when he went to college, that wasn't the case. 

"Professors tell you the work that needs to get done and it is up to you to decide if you want to do it or not. Ultimately you are the ones that are paying to be there. That, I believe was my downfall as a college student. My behaviors in education transcended towards my college career and it caused me to be suspended from the university."

Mujica says that at that time, he had a 1.47 grade point average. "When my parents found out that I had been suspended, the look on their faces completely broke my heart. Their face was filled with utter disappointment and sadness. The last time I saw that face was when they found out my older brother passed away in a car accident in my senior year in high school. From that moment on, I told myself that I would never do anything to see that look on their face. I would never do anything to ever disappoint them again."

Mujica explains how he got his schooling back on track: he went in with a different attitude, applied himself, and worked at a scaffolding company to pay for school. 

"Since I was suspended from the university, my federal aid was suspended as well. I was paying out of pocket and it got to the point where I had to get emergency loans from the university. Summer 2015 came by and I could not pay back the loan to the university. Since the loan was not paid back, I was dropped from my fall 2015 courses. I got out another year from the university and in summer of 2016 I decided to leave my job at a local bank to work upstate to raise the money I needed." 

Fortunately, with help from the university dance program and the money he earned at work, Mujica returned to school in fall 2016. 

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Now, in 2018, Mujica is ready to graduate. "My parents never knew when I was going to graduate. I always told them soon, but never when."

Mujica staged a photo shoot to get his family together on camera. In a video posted to YouTube, viewers can see Mujica standing in the background, holding a sign to thank his parents. Mujica also left his parents a letter and two tickets for graduation to surprise them with on camera. 

"I spent six years in and out of the university but seeing the reactions on their faces was worth every sleepless night ... I've learned that adversity is something that will somehow manifest itself one way or another in our lives, but it is how we persevere through it all that defines our character."

Mujica also shared his story on Facebook, and people have left all sorts of positive messages for him:

"Beautiful reaction! Congratulations to you all!" one person writes. 

"Thank you young handsome man for making your parents so proud of you. You can do anything if you really set your mind into [sic] it and you did it. You made yourself proud, too. Wish you all the best in your future. This video brought tears to my eyes & I don't even know you. Again, congrats," another adds. 

Congratulations to the graduate and his family! You can watch the surprise unfold in the video below:

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