Dylan Kuehl’s story

Written by Guest Writer

June 17, 2022

It isn’t very often that my heart fills up with joy like it did today. At one o’clock, I was at the Evergreen State College sitting on the nostalgic bricks of the Red Square while I waited for the graduation ceremony to begin. As an alumni, I cherish being on the Evergreen campus. It is the place where I first learned to believe in myself. However, this post isn’t about me. it’s about something spectacular that happened today. In a historical moment, my friend Dylan became the first person with Down Syndrome to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree in Washington State. Dylan and his, โ€œYes teamโ€, had to fight for him to be included In our educational system. In this awe-inspiring moment, Dylan is changing the world with his mission to create more inclusivity. I am humbled by your courage and grateful to call you a friend, Dylan. Thank you for paving the way to create more access for all.

โ€œEvergreen is based on acceptance, where many other students like me can have a right to be included. Diversity and inclusion create a well-rounded community for us all.โ€

Dylan Kuehl


  1. Rachel Holt

    What a truly inspirational story. Thank you for sharing. Well done for graduating Dylan you are awesome ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ This story will inspire so many โค๏ธ

    • Erika Petrie

      Yes very true Rachel…this story is indeed inspirational and Dylan is very brave to such a strong ambassador for diversity and inclusion, to ensure differently able people continue to have more of a voice and better opportunities in the future. He has just proved that with the right mindset and determination anything is possible! Congratulations again Dylan!

    • Lisa

      Truly inspirational thank you for sharing your story and congratulations Dylan

      • Erika Petrie

        We really appreciate your comments thank you Lisa. Dylan is really making some headway into proving perceptions wrong when it comes to Down Syndrome and different ability generally speaking. He has proved that he can do anything he puts his mind to and all he wants is for individuals like him to be genuinely accepted, included and given a chance! ๐Ÿ™‚


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