Having been selected as the student commencement speaker, on May 11, 2012, I spoke in front of over 1,500 individuals at Scottsdale Community College’s Commencement ceremony. I used this incredible opportunity to share my personal story of overcoming adversity, relating my anecdote to the challenges we have all experienced in facing challenges. I also thanked the individuals who supported me along the path and encouraged my fellow graduating class to conquer the battles that they will face along their journeys.
To call delivering this speech a “memorable moment” would be an understatement. This presentation capped a life-changing experience at Scottsdale Community College, a time I will always cherish and never forget. I received a “rare standing ovation,” according to several professors in the audience.