06/13/2012 04:00 pm ET Updated Jun 13, 2012

Patrick Ivison, Paralyzed Student, Walks At Graduation (VIDEO)

Walking across the stage at graduation is undeniably one of life's biggest milestones, and it was a moment that Patrick Ivison was determined not to miss.

Ivison was just 14 months old when he suffered a life-changing injury. He was taking a walk with his mother when a driver backed out of a driveway after a fight with his girlfriend and ran him over. A C4/C5 incomplete spinal cord injury left Ivison paralyzed and unable to walk, Fox 5 San Diego reports.

But Ivison wasn't about to to let his disabilities hold him back -- he wanted to live the life of a normal teenager. According to his family's website,, he "...plays wheelchair rugby, has learned how to kayak, ski and even surf using adaptive equipment ... He has even hand-cycled in 6 half marathons." One of Patrick's many accomplishments now includes walking at his high school graduation. Last week at Scripps High School in San Diego, Patrick got out of his wheelchair and received his diploma to a standing ovation.

"It's inspiring really, I mean he has had to deal with some tough stuff and the fact that he has gotten through it with a good sense of humor, it's fantastic," graduating senior Daniel Alexander told Fox 5 News.

Watch the powerful video above.



Check out Patrick surfing in this video from The Today Show: