After a college student's highly-anticipated graduation ceremony was canceled, his mom amazingly threw him his very own ceremony in their very own backyard.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see her incredible efforts for yourself...
Many college students around the world have been left disappointed this year.
via: ShutterstockAs after all the hard work, many won't be able to celebrate as normal.
The current pandemic has brought everything to a halt.
via: ShutterstockAnd that includes graduation ceremonies.
Due to social distancing, it just won't be possible this year.
via: ShutterstockAnd it is a real let-down for many seniors.
Especially after the years they have spent studying to get to that big day...
via: ShutterstockThey really deserve a day to acknowledge their achievements.
Hopefully, they'll be able to celebrate at a later date.
via: ShutterstockAnd have an even bigger and better celebration.
But, for some parents...
via: GettyThis idea simply isn't enough.
One mom has recently gone viral for her stance on the matter...
via: GettyAnd what she did for her son on his graduation day is simply amazing.
Ayanna Tatum had been looking forward to seeing her son, Derrick Williams, graduate college for years.
via: FacebookBut the single mom who lives in Houston, Texas, was left heartbroken when her son's graduation ceremony was canceled.
But, rather than dwell on what could have been...
via: FacebookAyanna decided to get to work and give her son, who is working towards becoming a doctor, the graduation he deserved.
She was prepared to do everything in her power to make his day special.
via: Facebook"He's a really sweet kid and he works really, really hard so whatever I could do - whatever was in my power, whatever was in my budget - I was going to do it," Ayanna told PEOPLE. "He deserved that, and so much more."
Ayanna has always put her children first.
via: FacebookIn 2005, the single mom moved from New Orleans to Houston following Hurricane Katrina to give her son and daughter a better life and education, while she continued to finish her own college degree virtually.
The family struggled financially for years...
via: FacebookAnd, on top of all this, they recently suffered a hardship when Ayanna's mother, who had lived with them and was a "major influence" in her children's lives, passed away.
So, understandably, they had all been looking forward to Derrick's graduation as a way of putting this hardship behind them.
via: FacebookSpeaking of the disappointment, Derrick said: "I was relatively upset because this moment that I was supposed to share with my family and friends was taken away. I understood that this was not the worst that the virus could do, but I was hoping to have this moment for my family, especially my late grandmother."
But Ayanna had other ideas.
via: FacebookThe forty-one-year-old quickly got to work with making his day as special as possible.
Ayanna threw Derrick his very own surprise graduation ceremony.
via: FacebookOn her idea, she explained, "At first, I didn't think it was possible for me to do it. I thought, 'That looks elaborate. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, 'You know what? Try it. Call. See what you can find. See if you can afford it.'"
And her finished result was amazing.
via: FacebookWith the help of friends and family, the proud mom transformed her backyard into a Baylor graduation ceremony for an unsuspecting Derreck on May 23rd.
It truly was the most remarkable day.
via: FacebookDuring the ceremony, family friends, Anita Harris and Frank Fraley, who also happens to be Williams' former middle school administrators, served as commencement speakers in their own caps and gowns. Ayanna, meanwhile, sat in the crowd cheering.
The mom couldn't contain her pride.
via: FacebookSpeaking about her son, she said, "He is so focused and determined not to let anything get in his way. I see the resilience, strength, determination. He is so goal-orientated... I'm just smiling ear-to-ear, I'm so proud."
And, on the surprise, Derrick said:
via: Facebook"It all happened so fast. For a minute, I was actually pretty confused. I knew she was up to something when I saw people I didn't know unloading a stage."