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Upstate student featured in Google commercial

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Rion Holcombe in Google's new commercial. (Source: YouTube) Rion Holcombe in Google's new commercial. (Source: YouTube)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate student who became internet famous after a video of him opening his acceptance letter to Clemson went viral is now featured in a Google commercial that premiered during the American Idol finale.

Rion Holcombe, a Dorman High graduate with Down syndrome, became an internet star after a video of him getting his acceptance letter for Clemson went viral, racking up more than 1.8 million views on YouTube.

The parents of 20-year-old Holcombe turned on their camera when they got the letter in the mail and uploaded his stunned reaction to YouTube.

Now, a Google commercial titled Grads features a clip from the video showing Holcombe's excitement opening the letter.

"High school is a time of discovery. Figuring out a bit more about the world, yourself, and what you think the future might hold. Congratulations to the graduates, teachers, families, mentors and friends who are celebrating everything that's been accomplished these last few years, and who, like us, can't wait to see what's next," the description of the video reads.

Watch the commercial here.

"I was so happy it made me cry," Holcombe told FOX Carolina of watching the commercial's premiere.

Holcombe and his family watched the commercial in a hospice house with his ailing grandfather, who died just two hours after sharing the special moment with him.

"That may sound sad but that was actually a very beautiful moment," said Susan Holcombe, Rion Holcombe's mother.

Wednesday, Rion Holcombe finished his final Miracle League baseball season and now gets ready to head to Clemson on Aug. 17.

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