- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - A UC Irvine student-athlete who was forced to miss graduation after retinal surgeries was surprised by a private commencement ceremony attended by family, friends and the school’s chancellor.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/29DPOac ) Christopher Swieca’s water polo teammates told him they needed to stop by an administration office Tuesday to pick up his diploma and take some photos in his cap and gown.

When they walked in, Swieca was shocked to see his parents, siblings and grandparents, as well as Chancellor Howard Gillman. The chancellor presided over a personal graduation ceremony, complete with speeches and the national anthem.

The surprise was prompted by a letter Swieca’s grandmother, Sandra Schrader, wrote to Gillman after her grandson was laid up for weeks because of treatment for detached retinas.

After the ceremony Swieca gave his grandmother a big hug.


Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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