Senior has graduation ceremony in Houston hospital

HOUSTON (AP) — A 19-year-old high school senior has been awarded his diploma. But unlike the rest of his 700 classmates, Harrison Bowe's graduation ceremony was held in a Houston hospital.

Bowe, an A student at Bellaire High School, had been looking forward to taking his final exams, going to prom and attending graduation.

On Saturday, weeks after emergency surgery to correct a toxic abdominal infection, Bowe did don a red cap and gown and graduated — sitting in a wheelchair, his nurses nearby.

Bowe's family, high school principal and counselor and a district registrar needed to confer the diploma came to Houston Methodist Hospital to award him his diploma — speeches and all.

Bowe says he "felt honored ... all these people are going out of their way to graduate me."

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