By Brian Mackley
Hipolito Garcia Paulino was the only one throwing his cap in the air at Hackensack High School in New Jersey on June 21, after his school held an early graduation ceremony just for him.
Garcia Paulino and his family immigrated to the United States in 2017. They first moved to Hackensack, New Jersey, for a small period of time before his parents decided to move to Massachusetts, according to NorthJersey.com. Garcia Paulino, however, chose to stay, partly to help his grandfather who was having health problems.
Even before he enlisted in the Corps, Garcia Paulino already had a impressive resume, he is fluent in both English and Spanish and maintained a 3.9 GPA while working 25 hours a week during school so he could help provide for himself.
At his individual ceremony, his school, family and friends were all there to support him and say goodbye before he left for Parris Island, South Carolina, on Monday.