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!
Presenting the class of 2020
Favorite class: Community experience
Linden, New Jersey
Favorite thing about Perkins: People who understand me and enrich my life!
Favorite activity: Cooking. I loved learning how to make quiche and chili.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Favorite class: Radio, and work placements
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
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.
Favorite class: Math and Computer
North Reading, MA
Favorite class: Speech
Favorite movie: Anything to escape the impending doom of the term paper.
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.
People I will remember: Cottage Staff and my friends I’ve made here.
Favorite thing about Perkins: Using my voice and chatting with people.
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.