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Roosevelt grad conquers decade-long road to degree

Roosevelt grad conquers decade-long road to degree

Joel Jacobson has not been able to walk or talk since infancy. He speaks and writes through eye-gaze technology that converts his thoughts to speech and text.

So his graduation from Roosevelt University May 9 was a monumental achievement for the 28-year-old, who grew up and attended elementary, middle and high school in Highland Park.

Diploma in hand, Jacobson says he is "open to anything and everything," displaying a spirited sense of optimism noted by many teachers along the way.

His hard-earned college degree is an achievement he shares with the Highland Park educators who tailored his instructional program to fit his capabilities and determination within...