The Fayetteville Observer ran a heart-warming story about a special reunion between a UNCG graduate and a beloved friend from his elementary school days.

Jonathon Gooden of Fayetteville, received a four-year certificate from UNCG’s Beyond Academics program during the university’s commencement May 9. Jonathon has Down syndrome and Beyond Academics serves young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

At commencement, Johnathon was surprised by a visit from Chelsea Harvey, a close friend from elementary school whom he hadn’t seen for years. Chelsea, working on a master’s degree in New York, flew down between classes to see Johnathon.