High Point University Security Guard Shares Loving Moment With Graduating Students


May 30, 2023

63-year-old Valerie Baxter, better known on campus as Ms. Val, is a college security guard at High Point University who shared emotional goodbyes with the Class of 2023 graduates. 

Ms. Val, who has been working at the school for twelve years, refers to these students as her “babies.” and was there to witness their collegiate accomplishment and extend them warm hugs and salutations as they headed to their seats on graduation day.


College graduates share emotional goodbyes with their beloved university security officer. ❤️ https://bit.ly/3MO8Y1Q

Posted by Good Morning America on Tuesday, May 23, 2023


She said the ceremony was amazing and the student who captured the moment, Lucas Verdeur, stated “I edited the video down to a minute-and-a-half, but I had over five minutes of footage of students just hugging her and telling her they loved her.” Verdeur added, “It was ‘Ms. Val’ in her truest form. That’s not her on graduation day, that’s her every day.”

This story has certainly warmed our hearts. Thank you, Ms. Val! 

Photo: High Point University


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