Jun 01

University of Delaware Convocation 2016

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On Friday, May 27, 2016, our son, Tayair Ishmael Blake participated in a Convocation held at the University of Delaware where he received a Certificate of Successful Completion of Career and Life Studies (CLSC). 

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He along with his fellow classmates were part of the ceremony which also included hundreds of graduating students receiving an undergraduate and graduate degree from the College of Education and Human Development.  Oh by the way, there was a gentleman who received his degree at the age of 64 which was also awesome!

Tayair and his fellow classmates

If you remember from previous posts, due to Tayair’s early medical history he is classified as Intellectually Disabled, but you also know from his recent presentation at a staff meeting at the Delaware Health and Social Services his motto “Being Disabled Does Not Mean We Are Not Able”. The events of the day is only further proof that anything can be done when you decide not to give up.

adults with disabilities graduate from college

Needless to say, his father and I were super excited as was his brother and even the misspelling of his name on the certificate couldn’t put a damper on the day.

There are also more pictures on my Facebook and Instgram pages.

our son received his certificate

Never give up

helping Tayair get ready for graduation

I could write more about the event, however, for this post I am just going to let the pictures and video speak louder than my words!

University of Delaware University of Delaware Convocation 2016 Career and Life Studies at UDel family and graduation

being silly

Being Silly Before Being Serious!

convocation at the University of Delaware

This sums up the day!




For more information on the CLSC Program check out their website


The CLSC program offers specialized coursework in career studies and life skills, as well as other inclusive learning opportunities on campus, including participation in UD undergraduate classes, clubs and activities. An individualized plan is created with each student that includes peer mentoring, staff coaching and support as identified through person-centered planning.

CLSC is coordinated through the College of Education and Human Development, School of Education, Center for Disabilities Studies and the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.



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  1. CONGRATS Tayair and to your Stylish Mom !!


  2. Proud parents time 🙂

    1. Yes it was!

  3. What a great accomplishment! Congrats to all of you! 🙂


    1. Thank you very much – it was a great day!

    2. Thank you, I applaud all adults with disabilities and love when they don’t allow any obstacle stand in the way of their success!

    • Kristen on June 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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    This is so wonderful, quite an accomplishment!! Thanks for sharing the great pics of this eventful day!!

    1. yes, it was a day that we never dreamed possible – thank you!

  4. Congratulations toTayair ! And to you and husband, of course.

    1. But of course…thank you my friend!

    • Sheila on June 2, 2016 at 9:46 am
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    Congratulations to Tayair for such a great accomplishment, and also a congratulations to you and your husband for a job well done…may Tayair’s future always be filled with the bright promises of hope and the great abundance of success…and again CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    1. Sheila, thank you so very much – we were so excited to see him during this memorable day – one of which we never thought we would see! God is Good!

        • Sheila on June 3, 2016 at 7:12 am
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        Yes he is, and I’m so glad that y’all got to see it.

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