March 10, 2001
ISD honors a dynamic alumnus
Matthew S. Moore, President of MSM Productions, Ltd., has been invited to deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2001 at Indiana School for the Deaf on Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. Moore graduated from ISD in 1977 as valedictorian of his class.
Class President Daniel Pfaff told Moore via E-mail, "The Class of 2001 decided to choose you as our guest speaker. It would be an honor to have you here as our guest speaker, and we know that you will bring [your] message to everyone and [have a significant] impact [on] them. Another reason we chose you is that you are a former ISD student and the owner of DEAF LIFE magazine. We really appreciate that you are willing to come and give the speech on our graduation day!"
This marks the second time that Moore has been invited to give a commencement address at a school for the deaf. The first was at Ohio School for the Deaf in 1994. It is also the third time that ISD has honored Moore since his graduation. In September 1993, he gave the keynote address, kicking off ISDs Deaf Awareness Week and its Sesquicentennial Celebration. In 1997, Moore was chosen one of ISDs Distinguished Alumni of the Modern Era by the ISD Alumni Association, and returned to participate in a gala ceremony.
After graduating from ISD, Moore majored in Social Work and minored in Photography/Filmmaking at RIT. He founded the Student Communication Center to give Deaf students hands-on experience in a variety of media. After graduating from RIT in 1983, he produced a pilot TV show, Deaf Magazine, incorporated his independent multimedia company, MSM Productions, Ltd., and began publishing DEAF LIFE in 1987. In 1992, he established Deaf Life Press, which publishes the popular "beginners guidebook," For Hearing People Only, and several other high-quality books with a Deaf Awareness theme. The company went online in 1997 and operates several Websites under the DEAF.com portal site. More sites are in the works.
Moore, a popular lecturer and presenter, has retained close ties with his hometown and ISD, and has revisited campus several times during the past two decades.
He says: "Im pleased that the Class of 2001, the first class of the new millennium, has invited me to address them, their parents, faculty, and friends. Its an especially high honor, coming as it does from my alma mater. I intend to give it my best, with a rousing speech and a bit of sage advice."