John C. Russo, a 2013 graduate of the computer graphics technology program, was the student responder at the Winter 2013 Commencement Dec. 15.
His inspiring story of trying to live an extraordinary life was covered in several media outlets leading up to and after the big event.
Russo, who has spinal muscular atrophy, will be working for Textron in Texas. He also will remain active in power soccer, a sport in which he helped the U.S. team win two world championships.
Russo told one television station, "You're only limited by what you believe you can do." It's the same message he delivered to fellow graduates and will continue to share as he explores life after Purdue.
Read and watch more:
- Russo on WLFI News 18
- Coverage of Russo and Commencement in the Purdue Exponent
- Purdue Commencement, including coverage of Russo's speech, in the Journal and Courier online
- Watch Russo's speech from the Winter 2013 Commencement. His introduction by President Mitch Daniels begins at approximately the two-hour mark (2:00).