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S. L. Young delivers the commencement address at the Fairfax County Public Schools - Interagency Alternative Schools (IAS) Graduation on 6/12/15.

Mr. Young's story is documented in his book "Above Expectations: an unlikely journey from almost failing high school to becoming a college professor".

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This is a very unlikely commencement address because Mr. Young was directed to leave high school in the 10th grade after failing 6 of 7 classes in this same school district.  He would go on to barely graduate high school on-time, but in the bottom 8% of his class.  

After high school, he would continue to struggle academically at a couple colleges before he would connect with the process of learning on his third try at obtain a college degree.

This story is even more inspirational because Mr. Young would return to this school district to become a Dream Catchers mentor.  Also, at this same graduation, his mentee graduated high school.

Information on Mr. Young's journey to overcome his educational journey are detailed in his book, "Above Expectations - My Story: an unlikely journey from almost failing high school to becoming a college professor". This story is about the power of choice, a dream, desire, and determination to not quit, to overcome, to persevere, and to excel after struggling academically for many years.

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Fairfax County High School - Interagency Alternative Schools (IAS) Graduation Commencement Address


Mr. Young is introduced at approximately 55 seconds