Bridgman has Friedreich’s ataxia, which affects the nervous system and heart. The disease causes a loss of coordination in the toes and fingertips and will shorten his life.
Video shows Bridgman getting help from two friends to rise from his chair and walk across the stage. The crowd bursts into applause and cheers as Bridgman crosses the stage.
In the video, Bridgman is seen walking to the stage with the help of two friends.
Bridgman says after graduation, he plans to continue to raise awareness about ataxia and raise money for the Fredreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance.