In a moment any parent can love, “Today” host and weatherman Al Roker celebrated his son’s acceptance into college.
In fact, for 19-year-old son Nick, it’s his second one. And that’s some accomplishment for the young man.
A Thursday Instagram video recorded the happy event with Nick’s proud parents celebrating in the background. The Today Show reported on the heartwarming moment.
Nick Roker is on the autism spectrum and started with developmental delays as an infant. Three years later, the boy could hardly talk and barely walked. Now, however, he’s a taekwondo black belt, a two-time Special Olympics gold medal swimmer, and a worship team cross-bearer at his church.
The 67-year-old Roker and his wife, ABC News senior correspondent Deborah Roberts, can be proud indeed of their studious son.
Almost 200,000 people watched the video. Al Roker has 829,000 Instagram followers.
Al Roker Video Says It All
Nick Roker looks down at his phone in the video with mom Roberts, 61. She turns on her camera and interviews her son.
Nick announces, “I got accepted. I’m not even kidding.” Moments later, the son tells his parents about both acceptance letters.
Al Roker celebrates in the background. You can imagine him smiling why pumping his fist, or celebrating with his arms reaching for the sky in the background. Hey, it’s what any proud father could do.
Nick tells his parents of his excitement and goes on to high-five his dad. Soon after, Roberts goes over and hugs her youngest son. Courtney and Leila are Nick’s older siblings.
Empty Nester Label for Roker Soon
Al Roker and his son toured colleges earlier this year but admitted to his co-hosts and audience that “he wasn’t ready for him to leave yet.”
But Al Roker took it with stride, admitting that that’s life.
But the famed weatherman told AARP The Magazine that he was grateful to spend time with his son during the pandemic. He got a little bit more time to watch Nick “grow and learn.” The pandemic made everything not normal, but Roker said his son was “adaptable.” The time at home also helped the father see his son mature into an adult.
An emotional Roberts went on ABC’s “The View” and revealed Nick’s announcement. She told the show’s hosts that Nick gave his approval before she shared the big news. People magazine reported on Roberts’s appearance.
Nick Roker didn’t reveal the two schools, but that’s ok. That’ll come in due time.
“I got his permission to talk about it because that is his private business but he is so excited and we are too,” she said.
In other news, NBC 6 reported that Al Roker will come to Mayfield, Ky. on Friday “to share incredible stories of survival and help lend a hand to the community.”
The region was hit by a deadly weather event that produced many tornados and killed almost a hundred people in multiple states.