Graduating from high school is a significant event for most young scholars especially when they are expected to give commencement speech; which is unique and inspiring. The odds are different for a high school student named Ahmed Ali, who went beyond just giving motivation graduation address to creating a remarkable day.
Ahmed Ali, 21, is a non-verbal high school graduate who has been attending the Minneapolis Public School system’s Transitions Plus Program for the past three years.
The program offers additional resources and services for special needs students who may require extra support transitioning from high school into the world outside of school.
Once Ali had completed his program, the school told him to deliver his high school class’s commencement address using the speech software that he invented alongside a speech pathologist during his time in the program.
Ali’s rousing software-delivered speech was apparently a historical first for the school district and an immensely powerful historical first, which its result was inspiring.
Ali said via his device, “I am going to give free wisdom to the graduates; you will achieve a lot of amazing things with or without disabilities. Without a doubt. Also, life is basically a relay race. As human beings, we are running a marathon.”
“The track is your life. Every time you accomplish 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,” he said.