63-year-old Valerie Baxter, better known on campus as Ms. Val, is a college security guard at High Point University who shared emotional goodbyes with the Class of 2023 graduates.
Ms. Val, who has been working at the school for twelve years, refers to these students as her “babies.” and was there to witness their collegiate accomplishment and extend them warm hugs and salutations as they headed to their seats on graduation day.
She said the ceremony was amazing and the student who captured the moment, Lucas Verdeur, stated "I edited the video down to a minute-and-a-half, but I had over five minutes of footage of students just hugging her and telling her they loved her.” Verdeur added, “It was ‘Ms. Val’ in her truest form. That's not her on graduation day, that's her every day.”
This story has certainly warmed our hearts. Thank you, Ms. Val!
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