After suffering a devastating injury to end her senior season, Auburn gymnast Sam Cerio has completed her degree and walked across the stage in her graduation ceremonies on Saturday with the aid of crutches.
Wow. I walked away with my BAE yesterday pic.twitter.com/OebPyWoHvj— sam_cerio (@sam_cerio) May 5, 2019
Cerio severely injured both of her legs at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional in the 2019 DI women's gymnastics championship in early April. In the first pass of her floor routine Cerio took an awkward landing off a flip and ended up breaking both legs and dislocating each knee. Cerio gained national attention after the incident, but asked that people stop sharing video of the difficult moment.
Congratulations to our very own @AuburnSAAC President and @AuburnGym Student-Athlete, @sam_cerio on her new career with @Boeing! Best of Luck!#TheWHYbehindtheYOU#WarEagleAlways | #OnceATiger pic.twitter.com/P5SknXgZfv— AUBURNYOU (@AuburnYou) May 4, 2019
Cerio graduates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and has accepted a position with Boeing.
She's the smartest gymnast in the @SEC, she graduates tomorrow w/ a degree in aerospace engineering, she's going to work for @Boeing & she's the next guest on the #GINNing podcast. Tune in Monday as @sam_cerio joins @jerthoughts, @MaKluttz & @ScoopPhillips on the next episode. pic.twitter.com/ESCzGAho1W— Auburn University Ginn College of Engineering (@AuburnEngineers) May 3, 2019
Beyond her new career, Cerio's next goal is continuing to heal so that she can walk down the aisle at her wedding in June.