Graduation Information

Student Alexa Sloan in cap and gown

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind  #1 in the Nation for High School Completion

Unique graduation ceremony -Ogden, Orem, SLC deaf and blind students toss the tassels!

Salt Lake City, Utah (May 16, 2019) –  Students from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind have a very unique graduation ceremony. Each graduate performs a short presentation reflecting on their education.  

Superintendent Joel Coleman said,  “The event is completely focused on the students. Each graduate will address their families, and it is an awesome way to celebrate this important day in their lives. Our students are amazing and they bring out a lot of laughter and tears of joy during our unique graduation event. Our students have unique talents and we work tirelessly to be innovative and to personalize their education. We believe that is why these students have the #1 graduation rate in the nation.”

Burgon poster pic (4)Who:  Graduates are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired.  The inspirational speaker is a former graduate of USDB who is both deaf and blind. Her name is Burgon Jensen (pictured celebrating a hike on red rocks above).  

What: Graduation of Deaf and Blind students!

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (Students arrive at 5:00 p.m. for practice, graduation begins at 7:00 p.m in the auditorium.) At 8:00 p.m., USDB provides refreshments, cake and  graduate & family photo shoots in the cafeteria.

Where:  Jean Massieu School of the Deaf, 1655 East 3300 South SLC UTAH

About Us: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) educates 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 educational needs of our students.  Utah’s deaf students are #1 in the nation for high school completion rates. Visit

Interpreters will provide a voice for students who communicate using American Sign Language for the hearing audience. Interpreters will also sign for speaking presenters for the deaf members of the audience.