This Teen Refused to Graduate Without His Twin Brother By His Side
Austin Coppola simply wouldn’t accept his high school diploma — unless his twin brother, Ty, was standing next to him on stage.
The 17-year-old told his mom that Ty, who has Down syndrome, deserved the honor just as much.
“Mom, Ty has worked harder than me, he has endured more challenges,” Austin told his mother, Cheryl, according to WHAM. “Yeah, I’ve earned it, I worked hard, but he has worked hard in a different way.”
Fairport High School agreed. At the June 26 graduation, both Austin and Ty donned caps and gowns and walked across the stage to accept Austin’s diploma. WHAM caught the emotional moment on tape (below). We’re guessing there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
That standing ovation for Ty brought me to tears. The FHS class '14 will always hold a place in my heart. I hope to see all of you again !!— Austin Coppola (@acoppola8) June 27, 2014