(FOXNEWS) — On her last day of high school, Violet Burkhart was reduced to tears when teachers sent her home because her dress was too short. On Saturday, Burkhart was all smiles as she showed up at her graduation ceremony with her mother — who was wearing the dress that got the teen into trouble.

“A lot of people were surprised, but a lot of people were proud what she did,” Burkhart told FoxNews.com Sunday, referring to her mother. “I was very proud. She stood up for what she believed was right, also.”

Burkhart graduated from Central Davidson High School in Lexington, N.C., where she was a straight-A student.

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