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Vermont signee injured in car accident receives high school diploma (VIDEO)

Speidel Graduation

Josh Speidel waits with former basketball coach Jason Speer before entering the ceremony during Columbus North’s graduation on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Columbus North High School. (Chet Strange,/The Republic via AP)


Saturday was a special day for seniors at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Indiana, as their four years of hard work culminated with graduation day. The afternoon was special for another reason: Vermont signee Josh Speidel, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident in early February, was able to graduate with his fellow seniors.

Speidel, who was released from the hospital less than two weeks ago, received his diploma as the entire crowd rose to give him a standing ovation. As he continues to recover from the injuries suffered in the accident, Speidel will defer his enrollment at Vermont until 2016.

Speidel was an Associated Press third team all-state selection, and he was named to the Indiana All-Star team that will take on Kentucky’s All-Star team in two games next weekend.

Video credit: RTV6/The Indy Channel