Over 1,200 Students, Staff Surprise High School Special-Ed Graduate With Epic Sendoff

Over 1,200 students & staff lined the halls clapping and cheering for the grad.

September 25, 2015, 12:55 PM

— -- Kyle Boule, a special-ed program graduate of Goffstown High School in New Hampshire, was given an epic, sweet sendoff by over 1,200 students and staff.

Video of the the sendoff, fittingly set to Pharrell Williams' "Happy," shows Kyle wheeling down the school's hallways lined with students on both sides clapping and cheering for the graduate. He also has an entourage following behind him made up of his friends and staff from the school's special-ed program.

The sendoff this past Wednesday was doubly special for Kyle because it also happened to be his 21st birthday, according to his mother, Lisa Boule.

"The whole thing was a complete surprise for me, and it just really touched my heart," Lisa, 46, told ABC News. "I got a text at work from one of his friends about it, and I left on whim because it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing for Kyle."

The party was planned and organized by the school's principal, Frank McBride, who told ABC News that the school "wanted to do something special" for Kyle, who he said was "very smart and a wizard on his computer."

Though Kyle is non-verbal and cannot walk due to cerebral palsy, he communicates through a device similar to the one used by Stephen Hawking, his mother said. She also explained that in the special-ed program Kyle was a part of, students don't usually earn credits, but they get to learn and grow at their own pace.

"Kyle actually got to and walk during graduation with all the other students two years ago when he finished his fourth year, and I'd never seen him happier," Lisa said. "He had a cap and gown that my mom decorated, and it was very special. My step-daughter was also graduating that year."

Kyle stayed with the school for two more years after the graduation since special-education students are allowed to stay with their high school's programs until they turn 21, when they then "age out and transition into an adult," according to McBride.

Unfortunately, Kyle is still on a waiting list to get into an adult program due to lack of funding from the state, according to the school's special-ed facilitator, Linda Hachett.

"We know in the past that the waitlist has always been there, but we have our fingers crossed for Kyle," Hachett told ABC News. "We've had past kids on the waiting list that have have gotten programs later on and have done really well. Our hope is that this will happen for Kyle as well."

Kyle's mother, Lisa, said she hopes better funding and resources can be allocated to Kyle and other adults like him who may have similar cognitive or physical challenges.

"I just want the best for my kid, and I want the best for other adults like Kyle," she said. "They might have to do things a little differently than most people, but they deserve the same things as every other person gets, including being able to pursue their interests and live a fulfilling life."

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