Saturday June 6th, 2015

After heavy lobbying from a graduating senior, Dwyane Wade appeared at a Florida high school graduation on Thursday.

Senior Negeen Fallahzadeh used social media channels persistently over the course of an entire year to secure an appearance from the Miami Heat star at her graduation from Western High School in Davie, Fla. outside of Miami, deploying the hashtag #WadeToWestern. As it turned out, it all worked.

Wade surprised everyone by appearing at the ceremony, which took place at Nova Southeastern University. He even took the time to address the student body, telling them to be "persistent" and "resilient" in their pursuits going forward. 

Somewhat more importantly, because it's 2015 and, you know, millennials, Wade hugged Fallahzadeh on stage, and they took a selfie.

Wade further commemorated the event on his Instagram.

Wade to join ABC's Finals coverage as an analyst

You can watch Wade's entire speech below.

Lost in the shuffle, Western also got a nice message from the legend himself, Udonis Haslem.

Jeremy Woo

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.