Belton, Texas – Commencement is always an important moment for students and their families, but for Taylor Scruggs, who lives with cerebral palsy, the walk across the graduation stage was a moment her family will never forget.
“Honestly, it was the best moment of my life,” Scruggs said.
Scruggs’s condition makes it difficult for her to move around without her walker. Leading into Saturday’s ceremony, however, she was determined to walk across the commencement stage unassisted. It was an ambitious goal and a surprise that she did not share with her family.
“It’s not like it was my first time walking by myself,” Scruggs said. “I use my walker full-time at school because of distance, and having to walk and stop is a challenge for me.”
Scruggs decided to make the walk early this year. She reached out to commencement organizers with the idea.
“I ended up talking to Dr. Mynatt (UMHB’s Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness), who told me ‘Yes, I want to make this happen for you,” Scruggs said.
While some staff members expressed concerns for her safety, Scruggs remembers the overwhelming support she received leading up to the big moment.