Students Prepare to Walk the Quad for Graduation

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Thousands of students prepare for the big day where they will receive their college diplomas.

The cameras were clicking as students gathered around the quad, taking last-minute graduation photos before the big day.

For Navid Attayan, preparing for this day was more than sitting in a classroom. As he reflected back on the past four years, he said it took him on the ride of his life.

"I don't really consider Northern Virginia home anymore. This is my new home and the fact that it's about to be over is sort of a shock to the system," said Attayan.

As scary as the transition can be, Attayan has been working towards this goal for years.

Through his time in college, he fell in love with medicine. His faculty adviser, Billy Flint, said Attayan found his passion early in life.

"He is one of just a small handful of students that stands out as just truly exceptional. You know he will accomplish huge things, he already has," said Flint.

Wanting to make more money for pediatric cancer awareness, he biked across the country nearly seventy miles a day raising money to make a difference.

"We need people to fight for their causes and stand up for what they believe in. So, if there's only on thing I learned, if there is something you care about, you fight for it. The person sitting next to you may never do anything about it," said Attayan.

After graduating, Attayan plans to go on to graduate school, and eventually get his doctorate in medicine.

Now, as Attayan waits for the Wilson Bells to rind one last time, he reflects black on all the memories the past several years brought him. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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