Last Saturday, students graduating from Wiley College were told at their commencement ceremony that an anonymous donor had paid their student loan balances.
According to Wiley College officials, over 100 students were gathered for graduation when the schools president, Herman J. Felton Jr., made the announcement.
In a video posted to Twitter, the students can be seen celebrating in complete shock that they were leaving school debt free – a surprise that sent even more happiness into the air.
Congratulations 2022 Graduates, YOU ARE DEBT FREE!
Go Forth Inspired, glorious deeds to do. 🙌🏾#wileygrad22 #wileycollege #hbcu #hbcugrad #hbcupride #goforthinspired pic.twitter.com/a0zHUDTFc4
— Wiley College (@WileyCollege) May 7, 2022
“Congratulations 2022 Graduates, YOU ARE DEBT FREE! Go Forth Inspired, glorious deeds to do,” the Twitter post read.
The total of the balances owed to the school for the graduating class of 2022 is estimated to be around $300,000.
“We are constantly communicating with donors to assist students in these ways so that they can begin their after-college experience with less debt,” Herman J. Felton Jr., Wiley’s president and CEO, said in the news release.
Though the mysterious donor’s name remains unknown, the legacy of kindness will live on through the gratitude of the students who get to start their careers debt free.