5 students graduate from Willie Ross School for the Deaf

Hampden County

Five students completed their courses of study at the Willie Ross School for the Deaf Friday evening. 

The five graduates were joined by friends and family for their commencement ceremony at the school’s main campus in Longmeadow.

The school provides a comprehensive approach to education for deaf students, starting in early childhood all the way through high school. 

New graduate Bryan Ramos-Navarro played varsity baseball for central high school, and basketball for Willie Ross. He received a merit scholarship to Gallaudet University, where he plans to study physical therapy.

“I broke my ankle playing basketball this year, so going through PT myself, I thought it was really cool how that person helped me through such a hard time,” said Ramos-Navarro. “People struggle, and they want to get back to their own normal, and that process, seeing somebody helps, and using their own hands as their tools.”

The Willie Ross school main campus is in Longmeadow, and also provides mainstreaming opportunities for students at a partnership campus in the East Longmeadow Public Schools. 

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