Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus receive honorary diplomas

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus Receive Honorary Diplomas

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, two of the girls held captive by Ariel Castro, now have honorary high school degrees.

John Marshall High School presented them with degrees at the school's commencement ceremony. That's where Amanda was attending when she was abducted in 2003 at the age of 16...and Gina would have attended that school had she not been kidnapped when she was 14 in 2004.

Amanda says the ceremony was "awesome." She told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "I always wanted to grow up and be somebody and do something with my life, you know? I always planned to graduate, and my mom always wanted that for me, to see me cross the stage. So this means everything to me."

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Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus receive honorary diplomas
CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 10: Eldia Caraballo in her home with the photo montage made for the funeral of her sister Grimilda Figueroa who died last year.Figueroa was married to Ariel Castro and endured years of abuse from him according to several family members. Information is still surfacing regarding the decade-long saga of three kidnapped Cleveland women and their amazing rescue. Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Deborah Knight, grandmother of Michelle Knight, is hugged by Nancy Johnson during a vigil on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping charges for abducting Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus and holding them for about 10 years. No charges were filed against his brothers Onil or Pedro and they were released by the judge. Bail was set at $8 million for Ariel. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 08: The mother of kidnap victim Gina DeJesus, Nancy Ruiz, speaks to community members and the media on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight managed to escape their captors on May 6, 2013. Ariel Castro was charged with kidnap and rape. His brother Pedro and Onil Castro, were taken into custody but not charged. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Beth Berry Serrano, the sister of Amanda Berry, comes to give a statement after Berry arrived at her sister's home on May 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Three brothers have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of three women, including Amanda Berry. They were found safe in a home after being missing for a decade, authorities said. There were more questions than answers the day after the stunning turn of events that began with a frantic arm sticking out of a screen door, a woman screaming for help, and a neighbor kicking in the door to free her in a working-class neighborhood of the city in the American heartland. Ariel Castro and his brothers - Pedro, 54, and Onil, 50 have been detained, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight, abducted by Castro in 2002, addressed the court during the sentencing, telling Castro, 'I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.' (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Photographs of Michelle Knight showing her (L-R) before her abduction, the day after her escape and in a video released on July 9, 2013 are displayed during Ariel Castro's sentencing at the Cleveland Municipal Courthouse on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was sentenced to life without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women between 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight addresses the court during the trial of Ariel Castro on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro was in court awating his sentence for abducting three women, including Knight, from 2002 and 2004 when they were between 14 and 21 years old. The women escaped this past May. (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 1: Michelle Knight leaves the courtroom after Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison without parole plus one thousand years for abducting three women on August 1, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Knight, abducted by Castro in 2002, addressed the court during the sentencing, telling Castro, 'I spent 11 years in hell, now your hell is just beginning.' (Photo by Angelo Merendino/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 09: Balloons and presents sit outside the home of kidnap victim Amanda Berry on May 9, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ariel Castro was arraigned on rape and kidnapping charges for abducting Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight and holding them for about 10 years. No charges were filed against Ariel's brothers, Onil or Pedro and they were released by the judge. Bail was set at $8 million for Ariel. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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And students in attendance were thrilled to watch the girls accept their degrees.

One student Instagramed a photo of it with the caption, "Gina N Amanda You Guys [Are] An Inspiration To Everyone."

And another tweeted, "we graduated with Amanda berry & Gina Dejesus Marshall's 2k15 graduation will NEVER be topped."

The girls say that they are now working on getting their GEDs.

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