Commencement 2019 | Katy Sullivan Speech

Thu Sep 26, 2019
Alumna Katy Sullivan was the guest speaker on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at The Muny in Forest Park and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University ( comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with nearly 14,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.Sullivan earned her BFA in Acting in Webster’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in 2002, graduating with department honors. She is an award-winning television and stage actress, producer, and writer, as well as a four-time U.S. champion Paralympic runner in the 100 meters. Sullivan was born a bilateral, transfemoral amputee – missing both legs through her femur bones. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she set a new American record of 17.33 seconds in the 100 meters, finishing 6th in the world.As a creative artist, Sullivan co-created SulliFlinn Productions with fellow Webster alumna Becca Flinn-White. The two produce online comedy content, short films and are developing a comedy, LEGS, based on their life experiences. Sullivan was among the 2015 Fellows in the Producer’s Guild of America’s Power of Diversity program. She received the Young Alumni Award from Webster in 2011. Most recently she starred in and received awards for her performance as Ani in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, COST OF LIVING, at Manhattan Theatre Club. Learn more about her at