High school graduate with Down syndrome receives standing ovation following inspiring speech

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A recent graduate of Corner Canyon High’s special-education program is sharing her journey and inspiring others. 

Emily Arthur, who has Down syndrome, received a standing ovation for a speech she gave at her graduation ceremony. 

Arthur, who is headed to Utah State University, is one of eight students accepted into the university’s Aggies Elevated program.

Aggies Elevated is an inclusive on-campus college experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities.

According to the school’s website, it’s one of just a few programs in Utah to be inclusive and offer residential living.

“Students are selected for the program following a rigorous application and interview process that begins each January for the fall semester,” the website says.

Out of 130 applicants, Arthur was chosen for one of eight spots. 

Not only that, but Arthur will be receiving a scholarship from the organization Ruby’s Rainbow. She applied for the scholarship in April and was surprised with the award on News4Utah Tuesday.  

Congratulations Emily! 

For more about Utah State University’s Aggies Elevated program click here.

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