A teen with Down syndrome is heading to college and a touching video showing her opening the acceptance letter has gone viral with millions of views.
“I got in! I’m going to college!” a happy Rachel Grace screams into her mother’s camera when it registers that she has been accepted to East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania.
The video has been viewed on Facebook more than 12.6 million times.
“It was very exciting; we were very happy for Rachel,” her mother, Deb Grace, told “Fox Friends” Sunday.
Asked how she felt when she found out, Rachel said, “It was just cool.”
Rachel, a senior at a high school outside Philadelphia who is manager of her school’s basketball team, had considered four special-needs schools that might cater to her better.
However, she decided she wanted to move out and live independently, Fox 29 Philadelphia reported.
East Stroudsburg shared the video last week on its Facebook page and said, “Welcome to ESU Rachel Grace! We are lucky to call you a Warrior.”
She has been accepted to the school’s Career, Independent Living Learning Studies program for young adults with intellectual disabilities.
As a CILLS student, she will be getting the full college experience as soon as she steps foot on the ESU Campus in the fall, WNEP-TV reported.
“They go to class, they cheer on the Warriors, they go to the cafeteria, they wake up for that 8 a.m. Monday class,” College of Education Dean Terry Barry told the station.
Rachel’s video got to him, too.
“Of course, it just melts your heart when you see a student reading the acceptance letter, but at that moment, I didn’t realize that over a half a million other people had also saw the video,” he said.