Brandon Truett was just about to
earn a doctorate in English at
the University of Chicago when.
like millions of students nationwide,
his semester was flipped upside down.
With classes moving online, he was forced
to defend his dissertation via Zoom.
and his graduation ceremony
was canceled, according to Mashable.
That didn’t stop Truett’s parents
from celebrating, though. In lieu
of an in-person ceremony, .
they congratulated their son with something much more creative: a massive billboard.
The recent grad told Mashable that
at first, it was difficult looking at a
giant, roadside version of his face.
but he quickly realized how
much the gesture meant to him.
Truett posted a photo of the billboard,
which was posted in his hometown
of Conway, S.C., on May 5.
The image racked up more than
14,000 likes in just two days