Executive Director Edward Peltier opened the 2009 Graduation Ceremony by expressing his thanks to all the students, staff and faculty and acknowledging their wonderful talent. He welcomed many Board Members and other dignitaries present in the audience as well as thanking the Local Education Agencies who were present, for their partnership in educating all ASD students.
The welcome was given by Class President Jon Cybulski who reminded his classmates of the obstacles they tackled and overcame, adding that each and every member of the class had a skill to offer. “Remember”, he said, “Deaf people can do anything but hear.”
Bryan Dolan gave the graduation speech and reiterated Jon’s remarks by talking about his dream of becoming an automotive maintenance technician. Through the support of many teachers, especially Lou Volpintesta, he is going to Southwest Collegiate College for the Deaf and will major in his field of interest. Bryan’s final comments were directed to the staff at ASD, thanking them for giving each student the tools to allow them to succeed in life. He ended with a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Bryan Dolan giving graduation speech
Arthur Moore, ASD Board Member and Account Executive at Sprint Relay, was the keynote speaker and his message focused on accomplishing