Blind Man Receives Diploma

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 4/27/2013 12:04 am

College Graduations are a big moment for students. Chris Lipps, 40, finishing his undergraduate degree is something he had given up on just a few years ago.

Lipps is legally blind and has been taking online classes to get his degree.

“I had always promised my father that I would graduate college,” Lipps said.

The Corbin man left college when he was younger because he was frustrated with his disability.

“I didn't want to try. I didn't think it was fair for me to have to try twice as hard as someone who had talent and could do it half as easy,” he said.

Lipps wasn’t born blind.

“I was a victim of child abuse by the hands of my mother,” Lipps said. “She threw me against the wall. It caused me to completely blind in my left eye and mostly blind in my right eye. It caused brain damage.”

Lipps said he was a teenager before he could tie his shoe or ride a bike.

But after working with children through his church’s ministry, Lipps found a peace with his blindness.

“This was for a reason. Yeah it was bad, but it's helping so many people,”

He said his father would be proud of his accomplishments.

“Two days after I turned in my last assignment, he passed away,” Lipps said.

Now Lipps is working toward a master’s degree in Organizational Management and project planning.

“You just want and sit and feel sorry for yourself, but when you see the differences that you make, that's where your strength comes from,” Lipps said. “You just know that if this much difference today, what's tomorrow going to bring?”

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