Ashlee Brady-Kelly Addresses Vermont College

June 14, 2015

Ashlee Brady-Kelly recently served as the student speaker as nearly 600 Community College of Vermont [CCV] students received associate degrees on members of the Class of 2015, with an estimated 3,000 people in attendance.

Ms. Brady-Kelly received an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies.

A report says, “Brady-Kelly spoke from a wheelchair which she has been in since undergoing surgery in late May. The 23-year-old Barre-resident and native of Bermuda was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus at a young age which has led to a life filled with surgeries and “medical trauma.”

“Life, like so many valuable lessons, will not come easily or without its own set of challenges,” said Ms. Brady-Kelly. “There may be times where it would be easier to succumb, than to thrive; to conquer.

“However I encourage you, no I beg you, please do not give up on yourself and never, never give up on your goals. It is in the most trying times that knowledge is gained and strength earned.”

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