USDB Graduation 2023

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind 

Where the Students Make the Graduation Speeches!  

Graduation Event in SLC on Thursday May 25, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Salt Lake City, Utah (Thursday May 25, 2023) –  Students from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) often work a little harder than their peers to gain an education and graduate from high school. They utilize American Sign Language, hearing aids, white canes, accessibility technology, and more to help them to access their learning environment. In addition to the typical academic subjects, USDB students learn to Self Advocate, develop improved language skills, social emotional skills, the Expanded Core Curriculum for the blind, and other life skills they need to become confident and capable adults who contribute to their communities.

USDB Superintendent Joel Coleman said, “Our learners benefit from the personalized education and the innovative support and resources they receive from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. These students have studied on our campuses and graduation day is always exciting when they come together wearing their caps and gowns to collect their diplomas.” 

Graduation provides a heartwarming ceremony for the seniors, their parents, and teachers.  Each senior shares inspiring, and very personal, stories about their educational experiences and their journey to graduation. Many students have also participated in charity work in their communities during their time at USDB through activities that help them to give back to good causes like the Utah Food Bank, Primary Children’s Hospital, the Humane Society, and more. For some of them, navigating the environment can be a monumental challenge – so when they succeed, it is an achievement to celebrate. In fact, Utah’s deaf students recently ranked #1 in the nation for high school completion. Utah is also one of the only states to offer programs for both American Sign Language, as well as Listening and Spoken Language skills for the hard of hearing. Many students are thriving using a collaborative approach that embraces both language modalities. Our Utah School for the Blind also serves as a national model for blind education. Utah was the first state to offer an accreditation for teachers of students with deafblindness, who are both deaf as well as blind. Education associations have asked the USDB staff to share their best practices for STEM learning for the Blind and the Expanded Core Curriculum with other teachers and schools in the country. 



Who: Seven students who are deaf or blind will graduate and each student will share a brief but poignant presentation reflecting upon their education and school years. 

What: It is a unique event. The graduation is small and very personal.  

When: 11:00 a.m. at the USDB Salt Lake campus on Thursday, May 25. Afterward, at 12:15 Graduation Lunch for students and their families. Students, teachers and other school officials are available for one-on-one interviews after the event upon request. 


Where: USDB  1655 E. 3300 S. SLC


How: This graduation event will take place in English, American Sign Language, and interpreters for four foreign languages will be available over Zoom. 


Why: These kids are so hard working! They learn so many communication skills, how to use their devices, like hearing aids, white canes, and many accessible technology apps, in addition to the rest of their education. 


About USDB: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) educate students who are Deaf, Blind, or Deaf-Blind so they can achieve their full academic, social, and career potential. USDB leads the way as a national model in providing the most responsive, caring, and innovative approach possible to meet the unique educational needs of our students. To learn more visit

The USDB Education Foundation: The Utah legislature generously provides funding to cover the basics at USDB such as buildings, books, teachers and staff. Sometimes the families of these unique children need a little more help. Based on need, unique technology and learning opportunities can be provided thanks to the USDB Foundation. USDB provides overhead and administrative resources for the Foundation, allowing 100% of donations to go directly to the children. This gives individuals, foundations, and corporations an opportunity to donate and make a real difference in the life of a child.

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