Rose State Student Graduates After Life-Changing Car Accident Published May 19, 2022

Rose State Student Graduates after Life-Changing Car AccidentRose State College had its annual commencement on Friday, May 6, at the Jeanie Webb Student Union on campus. Caleb Freeman was among the 900 students who graduated from Rose this year. 

In 2017, Freeman was involved in a T-bone crash with a semi on I-35 and was in a coma for several months. After overcoming all odds, he relearned to walk, talk, and is now graduating with a college degree from Rose State where he majored in communications.

He was also a member of the President’s Leadership Class, where he received a scholarship and participated in leadership development activities. KFOR shared his experience and incredible recovery journey.

"I should be dead, but now I have this story, I feel like it’s not to be quiet and keep to myself,” Caleb said. “God has put this fire inside of me, and I can’t extinguish it. Every door God opens, no matter how big or how small the audience, I’ve got to be faithful to step inside.” 

His story is one of triumph and determination, KFOR has been documenting his remarkable recovery for five years and recently shared his story here: ‘He’s been restored in his heart’: Newcastle teen graduates from college after paralyzing car crash