LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A University of Kentucky student says her walk across the stage at Rupp Arena on Sunday was one of the happiest moments of her life.
Megan McCormick, 30, of Lexington has Down syndrome. She graduated with a degree in liberal studies from the university after attending Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
“As I walked across that stage, I got a standing ovation from the teachers and I saw the audience stand up too,” McCormick said. “So, I just held my diploma, as soon as I got it, I held it up proud. I was glad that I did it because, like I said, it was a special moment.”
It was her decision to continue with school, she said, and she was confident she would earn her degree.
“I never doubted myself for doing it but I don’t know what others think,” she said. “But I’m doing it for me because no one can stop me. No one can ever take that away from me.”
McCormick works part-time at Millcreek Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant. She hopes her new degree will help her land a full-time job at the school.
She also hopes her journey will inspire others.
“I want others who have a disability, whether it’s down syndrome or any other disability, I want them to feel that they can learn and fulfill their potential,” she said.