May 23, 2022

Valedictorian With Non-Speaking Autism Gives Moving Commencement Speech

Fred Rogers, the famous good neighbor, spread a message of service during his lifetime. A scrap of paper he carried with him read, “Life is for service.” The students at his alma mater, Rollins College in Florida, have long valued this legacy. His famously scrawled words took on new meaning this spring when they were included in the commencement address of one of the Class of 2022 valedictorians, Elizabeth Bonker.

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