Dylan Kuehl, 38, is a native of Olympia, Washington. He only had one life goal: to graduate from college. However, unlike most people, Dylan’s path to this goal was not easy. Because Dylan was born with Down syndrome, this is the case.
Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a child is born with an extra chromosome, which can result in developmental delays and intellectual disabilities.
So Dylan’s path to graduation from college was far more difficult than that of others. But he was determined and worked hard. He graduated from The Evergreen State College!
He received a lot of discouragement from those around him when he was applying to college, but he did not let it deter him. He simply surrounded himself with people who were encouraging and supportive. He made a point of mentioning those people in his graduation speech. Dylan was one of three students chosen out of 900 to speak at graduation.
Dylan enjoys a variety of activities, particularly painting and dancing. Dylan now holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing.
Dylan is the first person with Down Syndrome to graduate from his college in the 51 years it has been in operation. He paved the way for future scholars with disabilities who want to attend college!
Dylan made a point of thanking everyone who helped him realize his dream, particularly his family, friends, classmates, and faculty members.
“All of our hard work, dedication, and never giving up has brought us to this point,” Kuehl said in his speech.
He also made a point of thanking his college for being inclusive and admitting him to their institute, emphasizing the point that everyone should have the opportunity to pursue higher education.
However, he made it clear that his degree was the result of his “hard work and dedication,” which no one could take away.
He hopes that his story will inspire others to apply to colleges and graduate.
Dylan Kuehl really is an inspirational man! We wish him the very best for his future endevours.