“Fellow-graduates: duty bids us go forth into active life. Let us go cheerfully, hopefully and earnestly, and set ourselves to find our especial part. When we have found it, willingly and faithfully perform it….” from the Valedictorian speech 20 year old Sullivan gave in 1886.
Sullivan was not the typical Perkins student, or graduate. She was orphaned at a young age, had no formal education until she was 14, and prior to Perkins, fended for herself in deplorable conditions at the Tewksbury Almshouse. Read more about Anne Sullivan at the Perkins School for the Blind website.