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Comedian's Grad Mobile helps seniors celebrate graduation

The comedian says he knows it has been hard for the Class of 2020 and hopes even a small walk across a mobile stage will make a good memory in a difficult time.

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Walking across the stage is a big deal for graduates and their families, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, graduations everywhere have been greatly modified or canceled.

Michael Rossman of Reisterstown, Maryland, is a comedian and circus performer who came up with the idea for the Grad Mobile because his own daughter is graduating from college.

"We have this circus truck that I perform on the stage, put a podium on it — we're going to walk across the stage and then the ideas were just flying in. We couldn't write them down fast enough," Rossman said.

With basic pricing, you get pomp and circumstance: a custom logo and a socially distanced diploma — either your own or one that he has on hand — and a few balloons coordinated to your school colors. Upgrades include balloon stands, videography and live streaming.

"This is very personal and small, and you can control it," Rossman said. "We're open to suggestions. We want this to be as close to what you want it to be as possible."

Each ceremony takes about 25 minutes with time for pictures. If you have multiple graduates, you can pay to keep the truck longer.

"Hopefully, the parents are going to want to say something heartfelt and what it has been like having their seniors in the house these last few weeks. You know, the good and the bad and the ugly," Rossman said.

Rossman knows it has been hard for the Class of 2020 and hopes even a small walk across a mobile stage will make a good memory in a difficult time.

"It doesn’t replace the friends, but they could still Zoom in and watch," he said.

Rossman suggests keeping it a surprise for your senior.