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June 17, 2011

Clarke Northampton Commencement Featured in Hampshire Gazette and Springfield Republican


June 17, 2011—(from the Hampshire Gazette) The commencement speaker at the Clarke School commencement Saturday told students that his life and accomplishments were proof that you "have to be your own best advocate."

Stephen Hopson, the first deaf person in aviation history to earn an instrument-rated pilot's license, told students that they had to stand up for themselves and ignore naysayers in order to succeed.

Read the full article, with photo galleries.

(from the Springfield Republican) Small class, big fan base. The Clarke School for Hearing and Speech yielded four graduates on Saturday, teens who are unconventional in more than one way. The small group ranged from profoundly deaf to hearing impaired and are poised to "mainstream" into public schools and beyond.

Read the full article, with photo galleries.

Download Stephen Hopson's Commencement Speech.