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A nonspeaking valedictorian with autism gives her college’s commencement speech

"God gave you a voice. Use it," Elizabeth Bonker told her fellow graduates. "And no, the irony of a nonspeaking autistic encouraging you to use your voice is not lost on me."

A computer keyboard “unlocked my mind from its silent cage,” Elizabeth Bonker told her fellow graduates. She urged them to serve others, citing Rollins College’s most famous alum: Fred Rogers.

(Image credit: Scott Cook/Rollins College)

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