College graduate's inspiring words about step-father go viral

It's graduation season, and students may look back at their time in school and the people who helped them reach their goal. One college student, though, also remembers someone who tried to hold him back.

Eastern Michigan University student -- now alumnus -- Daivon Reeder shared a tweet ahead of his graduation ceremony:

"My step dad told me it was pointless to go to orientation, I wasn't going to graduate," Reeder said, "years later he in jail & I'm well..."

Reeder's words resonated with others and the tweet went viral with over 600,000 likes and 140,000 retweets.

See what Twitter had to say about Reeder:

Twitter reactions to EMU grad's tweet
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Twitter reactions to EMU grad's tweet
@_justcallmekidd @GeorgeFoster72 How funny, my stepdad said something similar to me and now...(points to bio) I'm with you ✊️
@_justcallmekidd @ThatNerdGurl_ The best revenge is a life well-lived. Get it good, and congratulations!
@_justcallmekidd Doing it right, kid. Congrats and keep reaching for the stars! ⭐️
@_justcallmekidd @ARoss02 Congratulations!!!!
@_justcallmekidd yaaas
@_justcallmekidd damn shame your step dad or anybody would say that. Congrats bro, go on to bigger and better things!
@_justcallmekidd Congrats - way to push past the negativity! I'm sure you'll be an inspiration to those coming behind you. 💯

"I really do appreciate all the support," he told BuzzFeed News. "It makes these last few years worth everything."

He certainly was humbled. He followed up on the site:

He said, "The hardest question is what's next."

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