Angeline Lavasseur didn't want to break the time-honored tradition of graduates walking to get their diplomas at graduation.

The 18-year-old girl, who has been confined to a wheelchair throughout her childhood after being born with spina bifida, recently <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/region/washtenaw_county/graduate-takes-first-steps-in-front-of-classmates" target="_blank">walked across the stage</a> to pick up her diploma at Pinckney High School's graduation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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It marked the first time Lavasseur's classmates saw her walk.

Accompanied by a brace and crutches, Lavasseur got a standing ovation when she strolled onto the stage.

Give her an 'A' for her positive outlook. She said, "Just because I'm in a chair, I still fit in. I still do everything everyone else does."

Lavasseur now plans to go to enroll in community college and study physical therapy.

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