College Success Stories of 2022

Updated: Jun 2

2022 is the year for the disability community in the college arena!


There are two students with disabilities who have been getting recognized all over social media for their achievement of graduating college this May! Now let me tell you about these two amazing women with disabilities who graduated from college this year:


Elizabeth Bonker


Elizabeth Bonker is an autistic woman from Florida who graduated from Rollins College. She graduated at the top of her class and was the valedictorian of her college! Her graduation speech blew the crowd away as she used a text to speech software to celebrate her achievements with her classmates graduating. Check out her amazing speech here:

https://www.rollins.edu/college-of-liberal-arts/news/elizabeth-bonker-commencement-address

Jennifer Rucci


Jennifer Rucci is a woman who lives with encephalitis, a condition that inflamed her brain to the point it affected her motor functions. She uses a wheelchair to move from one place to another. It took her ten years to complete her Associate's degree, due to her condition worsening over the years, but after a decade of attending Brookdale Community College, she finally graduated!


To learn more of her story, check out this article here:

https://www.app.com/story/news/education/2022/05/13/brookdale-community-college-nj-student-with-encephalitis-graduates/9704284002/


Parents, I encourage your child to attend college. No matter the obstacles your child will face, colleges provide resources for people with disabilities to thrive and earn their college degree, such as an Associate and Bachelor's degree. Do not give up!


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