When 18-year-old Skylar Mason survived a car crash that killed her father less than a year ago, the whole left side of her face was smashed and doctors reportedly weren't even sure they could save one of her eyes.
But Mason made a "miraculous recovery", and today, she's in good health, Meta Mason, told ABC News affiliate KGUN.
Skylar isn't even considered legally blind in the eye doctors thought they couldn't save, and she didn't have any brain damage, her mother added.
The resilient teen graduated on Wednesday night with honors from Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley, where she delivered an inspiring speech in memory of her late father, Karl Mason.
"No one tells you that unexpected things are going to happen and there's nothing you can do to prevent them," Skylar told her fellow 450 graduating classmates.
But despite life's sometimes devastating surprises, life does guarantee one great thing, Skylar noted at the end of her speech.
"It can't guarantee your happiness, your success or your safety," she said, "but no matter what life throws at you, it's guaranteed your community will be there to support you."
The young woman received a standing ovation from her class. And though her mom said everything is bittersweet because the two greatly miss Skylar's father, her mom told KGUN she's "so, so thankful for Skylar's miraculous recovery and what's ahead for her."
Skylar, an inspiring journalist, plans to attend Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, KGUN reported.
"I hope [my dad would] be really proud," Skylar told KGUN. "That's all I want to do -- is be someone that he would be proud of."