Celebrating the class of 2020

Graduating seniors to get a first- ever virtual send off.

Senior portraits of the 13 graduates of Perkins class of 2020

Thirteen students from Perkins School for the Blind’s Secondary and Deafblind Programs are set to graduate this Friday in the school’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony.

Because we can’t honor them with the usual fanfare of a commencement procession through Dwight Hall, we’re proud to showcase the Class of 2020 online a little bit more than usual.

During their time as students, they let their personalities and interests shine, emerging as athletes, musicians, storytellers and, in some cases, jokesters.

They built social, communication, technology, vocational and independent living skills that will help them navigate life after Perkins.

And when world events changed the shape of their senior year, they responded with grace and tenacity, never losing track of their educational goals.

Now, they’re ready to take their first steps into adulthood. We’re so proud of everything they’ve accomplished and we can’t wait to see what they go on to do next!

Join us in congratulating the class of 2020 by sharing a message of support!

Presenting the class of 2020

Stephanie Banks
Boylston, Massachusetts

Favorite class: Community experience

Damarus Bernard
Linden, New Jersey

Favorite thing about Perkins: People who understand me and enrich my life!

Hope Daniels
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Favorite activity: Cooking. I loved learning how to make quiche and chili.

Mike Daniels
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Favorite class: Radio, and work placements.

Kevin Eckler
Sandy Hook, CT

Favorite thing about Perkins: All the adaptive technologies for the blind that Perkins shows us. I also like the way Perkins adapts education.

Elias (EJ) Maldonado
Shrewsbury, MA

People I will remember: My friends and teachers, past and present. I will also remember all the students who sang or played instruments in the school concerts.

Alex Malnight
Charlottesville, VA

Favorite class: Math and Computer

Justin Mesmer
North Reading, MA

Favorite class: Speech

Jacob Pine
Pocasset, MA

Favorite movie: Anything to escape the impending doom of the term paper.

Ashley Purdy
Westfield, MA

Favorite activity: Cooking or baking, walking the track, watching movies on the weekend, listening to music, reading audiobooks, sleeping, writing in my free time, drinking coffee, going to Spanishclub, volunteering with EPIC.

Robyn Sanderson
Waltham, MA

People I will remember: Cottage Staff and my friends I’ve made here.

Slater Schuler
Braintree, MA

Favorite thing about Perkins: Using my voice and chatting with people.

Dean Wilson
Mountain View, CA

Favorite thing about Perkins: My favorite thing is that I feel comfortable/at home at Perkins.

To see more photos of this year’s graduating class and their families, don’t miss our #PorchProject gallery on Facebook.

Young adults play adaptive sport. Adults cheer them on

A model of learning and play for all children

Female Perkins student rides horse while teachers stand by for support

Noa’s story: A Deafblind School student blossoms

Graduation cap with accent marks. Text: "2022."

Meet a few of our 2022 graduates