updated 5/18/2005 5:38:17 PM ET 2005-05-18T21:38:17

A pregnant student who was banned from graduation at her Roman Catholic high school announced her own name and walked across the stage anyway at the close of the program.

Alysha Cosby’s decision prompted cheers and applause Tuesday from many of her fellow seniors at St. Jude Educational Institute.

But her mother and aunt were escorted out of the church by police after Cosby headed back to her seat.

“I can’t believe something like this is happening in 2005,” said her mother, Sheila Cosby. “My daughter has been through a lot and I am proud of her. She deserved to walk, and she did.”

The school’s guidance counselor delivered Cosby’s degree to her house earlier Tuesday, but she still wanted to participate.

“I worked hard throughout high school and I wanted to walk with my class,” she said.

Cosby was told in March that she could no longer attend school because of safety concerns, and her name was not listed in the graduation program.

The father of Cosby’s child, also a senior at the school, was allowed to participate in graduation.

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