Faces of 2014 Graduates: Degree to 'Silence My Critics'

Casey Fogel sustained a brain injury when he fell from his mother's arms as a toddler. As a result, countless teachers and doctors warned him that his motor skills were irreparably damaged and he would be lucky if he even graduated high school.

Fogel put aside those doubts as he walked across the stage to receive his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Communication Studies. On top of that, he's been accepted into UNC's graduate program for Human Communication.

"I used the negativity from the experts to fuel my fire," Fogel said. "I wanted to silence my critics. I wanted to prove them wrong. So I studied even harder to make my dreams come true."

For the past four years, Fogel has stayed active on campus, serving as a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda and as the vice president of public relations for the Students Honor Council. He has also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Fogel, from Austin, Texas, says he wants to be a public speaker. He plans to use his own experiences and knowledge of psychology to debunk the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.