This woman is the first person with down syndrome to receive a diploma from Rowan University


AnnaRose Rubright is the first person with down syndrome to attain a diploma from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in radio, television, and film. “It was very emotional for me and a bit overwhelming. Most of my family members cried,” said Rubright.

Congratulations to RCBC alumna AnnaRose Rubright for making history as the first person with Down Syndrome to graduate…

Posted by Rowan College at Burlington County on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Only 34 percent of college students with disabilities complete a four-year program. Rubright’s family witnessed firsthand her long and tedious path towards higher education. “There were times when I watched her frustration, I watched her struggle. But she just wouldn’t quit,” said Lin Rubright, mother of AnnaRose.

Rubright’s rare achievement proved to the world that everyone, even those with disability, could accomplish their dreams through hard work and perseverance. Her advice for other students with disabilities: “Advocate for yourself. And be heard in the real world.”


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