Aldo Amenta became paralyzed several years ago just as he was starting his career at Florida International University. Undeterred, he continued his studies and in 2018 walked across the commencement stage using an exoskeleton to receive his bachelor’s degree from FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing. On Dec. 12, 2021, he did it again and graduated with a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from FIU. Aldo hopes to enter the biomedical industry to help others like him suffering from a severe spinal injury. He also hopes to pursue a Ph.D.

“I wanted to walk across the stage like my fellow graduates to show that we are all equally capable of achieving anything we set our minds to, regardless of background, culture, conditions or age. Beyond degrees, titles or awards, I believe that true accomplishment is found in the journey. Consistent commitment and discipline are key, but believing and taking action is a must. Believe in yourself and you will inevitably become limitless.” – Aldo Amenta