Institute Program to Celebrate Graduation

April, 2010
edited August 2017

Photo: Academy for Adult Learning groupThe Academy for Adult Learning, a program of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, will graduate its third class on Wednesday, May 5 in the Grand Court, Mitten Hall on the University's main campus

It's a celebration for nine non-matriculated students who have spent the past four semesters here at Temple taking classes and learning about life around campus. For each of those four semesters, they have been mentored by Temple students, to help navigate college life.

"This has been a great group of students and mentors," says Kathy Miller, Assistant Director of the Institute. "The mentor/student partnerships worked together well from the beginning and each continued to grow throughout the two years."

Funded primarily by Mental Retardation Services in Philadelphia, the objective of the Academy is to provide an authentic learning experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities with customized goals based on each Academy student's interests and personalized outcomes.

Academy students must meet certain criteria (they must be between 18 and 30 years of age and must be able to travel to campus independently, for example) and are selected after an application and interview process. Mentors must be matriculated Temple students and must also undergo an application and interview process. Once selected, the students and mentors meet and the partnerships are set.

Kathy says that many of the partnerships established between the Academy students and mentors two years have evolved into authentic friendships. "They've achieved a great deal together and as a group. They've really served as a model for the next class."

The graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and will welcome friends and family and will feature addresses from each of the students about their experiences here at Temple University. The public is welcome to attend.

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