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Graduate with Down syndrome steals the show by jumping across stage in excitement – CBS News

Video of an extra-excited high school graduate named Carlos Neria is going viral online. Carlos, also known as “Mr. Joyous,” didn’t just walk across the stage at graduation last week — he leaped with excitement.

When his name was called at the Lee High School graduation in Midland, Texas, Carlos hopped up on stage and jumped and danced his way over to collect his diploma, pumping his fists in the air.

His enthusiasm was so contagious, a faculty member on stage began jumping along with him.

Midland Independent School District and others shared videos of the happy graduate on Facebook, and it has gone viral.

Carlos is what his mom, Teresa Neira, calls “a blessing in their lives,” KWES reports. Nerias says despite her son’s differences, she always knew Carlos would be treated just like everyone else. The reason: she treated him just like she treated her seven other kids.

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