Making the cut

New grad shears off locks to help kids

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many in the class of 2020 to celebrate graduation virtually, but Brandon Winslow marked his just the way he’d planned to for almost two years.

He got a haircut.

And the wavy, 12- to 14-inch-long ponytail he’d been growing since 2018 became a memorable graduation gift. Winslow, 22, of Raleigh, donated it to a nonprofit that makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair to illness.

“If a kid doesn’t have any hair, that would be a traumatic experience,” said Winslow, who graduated magna cum laude in May with a BS in computer sciences and expects to add a master’s as part of an accelerated degree program next spring. “Being able to help a child feel more comfortable in their skin because they have some hair is just a good feeling.”

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