RSD Graduates Learn Eight Healthy Habits for Life from NTID’s Bryan Lloyd




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It’s a tradition every year—high school and college graduates hear inspirational speeches at their commencement ceremonies. The Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) graduating class of 2003 was no different.

Bryan Lloyd, the leadership development coordinator for National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s (NTID) Student Life Team, gave the keynote address at RSD’s commencement ceremony last month.

In an adaptation of award-winning author Clifton Taulbert’s Eight Habits of the Heart, Lloyd presented his audience with eight healthy habits for personal growth, and explained each one with anecdotes from his life. He emphasized trust, pride, appreciation, respect, positive role model, body and money management, heart, and self-advocacy.

During his speech, Lloyd honored several NTID staff and faculty, including David Prusinski, Adrienne Morgan, Debbye Byrne, Diana Cho, Karey Pine, and the Dean of NTID, Dr. Alan Hurwitz. Lloyd stressed working together to accomplish life goals. He reminded the graduates that “there are people and role models in your lives who want to provide support for you and to see you succeed.” He also cited the importance of embracing diversity and giving respect to others.

Lloyd concluded his presentation by enlisting family and friends of the graduates. “You can do it on your own…but at the same time, it is wonderful to be surrounded by your family, friends, co-workers…who will teach you many things and love you for who you are,” he said.

Originally established in 1876 as the Western New York Institution for Deaf-Mutes, Rochester School for the Deaf serves the Rochester area as the leading K-12 school for deaf children.

NTID is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. NTID, one of eight colleges of RIT, offers educational programs and access and support services to its 1,100 students from around the world who study, live, and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y., campus.

Web Address: http://www.rit.edu/NTID