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Spartanburg's Rion Holcombe ready to start life as Clemson Tiger

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Rion Holcombe and his mom Susan. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina) Rion Holcombe and his mom Susan. (Aug. 5, 2014/FOX Carolina)
The video of Rion Holcombe receiving his acceptance letter is going viral. (Source: YouTube) The video of Rion Holcombe receiving his acceptance letter is going viral. (Source: YouTube)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Rion Holcombe became a YouTube sensation almost overnight after a video of his reaction to being accepted at Clemson University went viral.

Holcombe has Down syndrome and will attend a two-year program called Clemson Life that will teach him skills he needs to be independent.

"I will learn to do my own laundry and pay my bills," Holcombe said.

Holcombe received his acceptance letter back in December of 2013. Since then he has been featured in magazine spreads, made friends with coach Dabo Swinney, and even been featured in a national Google commercial.

Since he was accepted, Holcombe said he has been spending time with friends and family and lately he's been stocking up on supplies he'll need for his on-campus dorm room.

Rion's mom Susan Holcombe praised the university for the way they've treated her family.

"It has been unreal," Holcombe said. "From the very beginning when we got the letter and the video went viral."

Watch the viral video of Rion's acceptance here

Holcombe will move into his dorm on August 17 and start classes on Aug. 22. He says he's excited about beginning his schooling and about seeing his Clemson Tigers play football.

Susan Holcombe said seeing her son go off to school is a testament to his perseverance and she hopes all of the publicity surrounding him will encourage other special needs families.

"You can feel alone, discouraged," Holcombe said. "But when you see a (special needs) family that is having some success it is a very empowering thing."

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