U.S. Paralympian, award-winning actress Katy Sullivan to key note at Webster University Commencement

May 10, 2019 - 8:46 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - This Saturday is the 100th Commencement in the history of Webster University and alumna Katy Sullivan will be the Commencement Speaker. She performed in front of screaming crowds at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, she's given speeches as an award-winning television and stage actress, producer, and writer, and done it all as a bilateral, transfemoral amputee. 

She tells our Chris Hrabe her speech on May 11 at The Muny in front of thousands of Webster graduates and their families will focus on being able to adapt in life. 

You can hear the full conversation they had here: 

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 katysullivan.net.

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