Outside of the McDonald’s located at 8265 Ladysmith Rd., Ruther Glen, were blue and yellow balloons, with a sign posted on the front window that reads, “Congrats Grad!”
Inside the restaurant, in the dining area were more balloons, with a table that has a blue and white cake with a winding tower of cupcakes on each side. Raised highly was a banner that reads, “Congratulations! Randolph Rusk, We are very proud of you!”
This was not an ordinary graduation, but a first of its kind in the Greater Richmond and surrounding area, and an achievement of persistence for 36-year-old, Randolph Rusk.
Rusk, a Ladysmith McDonald’s employee, is the first recipient of a high school diploma in the Greater Richmond area and surrounding region through McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program.
“Randolph is a pioneer in our region for being the first person in over 700 restaurants to take a brave and difficult first step to complete his high school diploma under the Archways to Opportunity program,” Ashley Welburn of Welburn Management said.
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