Graduating from high school is currently an important occasion for many young students — but the pupil’s inspirational commencement speech was especially notable.
Ahmed Ali is a non-verbal student that has been attending the Minneapolis Public School system’s Transitions Plus Program for the previous 3 years.
The program provides additional resources and services for special needs pupils who might need additional assistance switching from high school to adult life.
After Ali was prepared to graduate, the college requested him to provide his high school course’s commencement speech using language software he developed along with a language pathologist during his period at the program.
In accordance with KARE11, Ali’s software-delivered speech was a historical first for the college district and the outcomes were awe-inspiring.
“Your life is a relay race,” said the 21-year-old student. “The track is your life. Every time you achieve something you pass the baton to the next person. Guess who you are passing the baton to? It’s you.
“Each stage of your life you are passing it to a new you. It’s not the end of the line for you, but it’s a new you in our beautiful world.”
Watch the video from the speech: