Jalen Richard walks stage in Southern Miss graduation

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HATTIESBURG, Ms. (KALB) - Jalen Richard returned to Southern Miss this past weekend for a special reason.

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The former Peabody standout and current Oakland Raiders running back walked across the stage at Southern Miss's spring commencement ceremony, receiving his diploma.

Despite graduating three years ago, Richard didn't participate in the graduation ceremony, as he was preparing for the NFL.

Even three years later, the moment was a special one for Richard.

"For the university to let me come back and do this, I'm very grateful," says Richard. "Neither of my parents got a college degree or walked across the stage so I wanted to go back and experience that."

Richard reached out to University President Dr. Rodney Bennett through Twitter back in December, where he asked if he could walk across the stage in May.

Bennett made good on his end of the bargain.

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