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A SXSW victim, released from the hospital Wednesday, is graduating from Liberty High School Friday night.

Her purple cap and gown are laid out, ready to go, but Mason Endres's graduation dress is what she's most excited about.

"I got a really cool necklace too. Once I got my neck brace off, I went and bought six new necklaces," said Mason.

Mason is one of 20 people injured in the drunk driving crash during SXSW that claimed four lives. She suffered a broken vertebra in her neck, a broken femur, a torn ACL, MCL and PCL in one of her knees, plus a severed artery in one of her legs.

"Right now we're focusing on getting my strength back because my legs are so very weak from being in the hospital bed for three weeks and in a wheelchair after that," said Mason.

The 18-year-old was just released from the St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital two days ago.

Mason said, "I wasn't sure if I was going to get to physically walk, in maybe my wheelchair, in my walker...I'll be on crutches most of the time, but to get my diploma, I will get to walk without anything, so that's really exciting."

She doesn't have anything to say about the driver who injured her or the others and all she can say it 'thank you' to her friends, family and classmates.

"We did have our powderpuff game--this is like, a really cool moment--I was in my wheelchair on the sidelines and the very last play of the game, the juniors and the seniors made this giant tunnel and pushed me down. I was carrying the ball and I scored my little touchdown," she said.

Mason will be pursuing a public relations degree from the University of Texas.

She still wears this year's SXSW wristband.

"So much happened, good and bad, a lot of bad, but still a lot of good. It's just a good reminder of how far I've come and that I'll get to go back next year," said Mason.

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