NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A Boston bombing victim spoke at Southern Connecticut State University’s graduation ceremony Friday, the day bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death.
Heather Abbott lost part of her left leg in the second blast at the marathon. In the school’s commencement speech, she shared with graduates the tough lessons she was forced to learn in the two years since the tragedy. She suggests accepting things you can’t change, surrounding yourself with positive people, and sharing your experiences to help others.
“As graduates you have advantages. You have strengths and confidences that others may have been denied,” said Abbott. “Be a catalyst for good, for self-determination, and for personal freedom.”
She is now a counselor, helping others transition into life as an amputee.