Sweet Steps: Paralyzed UC Berkeley Student Walks to Get His Degree (VIDEO)
On May 14, Austin Whitney walked across the stage to graduate with a double major in political science and history from the University of California at Berkeley. Many kudos to him — but take a look at this video to see why Whitney’s graduation walk deserves all the more celebration:
As detailed on Good, four years ago, when Whitney was 18 years old and after he had graduated from high school in San Juan Capistrano, he lost control of his car and struck a tree after drinking with some friends. Miraculously, he was able to attend classes at UC Berkeley just ten days after a long and painful recovery.
Berkeley mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni led a team that designed a robot exoskeleton that made it possible for Whitney to stand and walk.
As Whitney writes on his website, he plans to attend law school and hopes to work in the entertainment industry, plus:
he also is working on getting his scuba diving instructor certification and loves music festivals, social activism, wheelchair sports, the Swim With Mike Foundation, and raising money for the Wheelchair Foundation.
Huge congratulations to Austin Whitney for graduating and for much, much more!
Photo by ben.chaney.