High school senior paralyzed in surfing accident walks at graduation

Posted: Updated:
LONG BEACH -

The walk across the stage to gather their diploma was short for most Long Beach High School graduates, but it was momentous for Robert Browne.

Browne, 18, suffered a spinal cord injury in a 2014 surfing accident and was paralyzed. He's been confined to a wheelchair since then but hasn't let it slow him down.

With a crowd of hundreds standing with him, and his family cheering him on from the front row, Robert walked across the stage Wednesday to get his diploma. He said it was hard and took hours to prepare.

Robert's father was overwhelmed by how far his son has come since his accident, saying one of the worst days of his life led to one of the proudest.

Browne set his goal of walking years ago, but that was almost derailed by pneumonia. He was hospitalized until last Thursday.

As for advice, Browne says to take things slowly and don't stress.

Browne will be studying business management when he heads to the University at Albany this fall.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Coram family trapped in house without power due to storm

    Coram family trapped in house without power due to storm

    Thursday, October 17 2019 10:06 PM EDT2019-10-18 02:06:41 GMT
    A Coram family was trapped in their home Thursday without power following a nor'easter that took down trees and power lines across Long Island.A Coram family was trapped in their home Thursday without power following a nor'easter that took down trees and power lines across Long Island.
    A Coram family was trapped in their home Thursday without power following a nor'easter that took down trees and power lines across Long Island.A Coram family was trapped in their home Thursday without power following a nor'easter that took down trees and power lines across Long Island.
    A Coram family was trapped in their home Thursday without power following a nor'easter that took down trees and power lines across Long Island.
    A Coram family was trapped in their home Thursday without power following a nor'easter that took down trees and power lines across Long Island.
  • School Spirit Showdown: Vote on the Top 12 schools

    School Spirit Showdown: Vote on the Top 12 schools

    It's a battle for bragging rights! News 12 is looking for the schools with the most school spirit! Is it yours?

    It's a battle for bragging rights! News 12 is looking for the schools with the most school spirit! Is it yours?

  • Poll: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

    Poll: National Chocolate Cupcake Day

    Friday, October 18 2019 4:54 AM EDT2019-10-18 08:54:23 GMT
    It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Do you prefer your cupcake with or without frosting?It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Do you prefer your cupcake with or without frosting?
    It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Do you prefer your cupcake with or without frosting?It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day. Do you prefer your cupcake with or without frosting?
    It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day! YUM!
    It's National Chocolate Cupcake Day! YUM!
  • SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Your Long Island Fall Fun Photos

    Your Long Island Fall Fun Photos

    Monday, October 7 2019 12:12 PM EDT2019-10-07 16:12:23 GMT
    Fall FunFall Fun
    Fall FunFall Fun
    Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Long Island wants to see your Fall Fun pics!
    Are you and your family doing fun things this fall? Whether you're out apple or pumpkin picking, at a farm or corn maze or just hanging around in your home or yard, News 12 Long Island wants to see your Fall Fun pics!
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."