CLINTON — Cyberspace grads from across the nation are coming to Clinton and the Quad-Cities for Ashford University’s 2015 spring commencement, where more than 1,100 on-campus and online graduates will don their caps and gowns and march to “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Local Clinton resident and Ashford graduate Jeff Hobbs will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony on Sunday, May 3. Born with spastic cerebral palsy, Hobbs defied the odds and fulfilled his dream of being a competitive runner. He has been profiled in the Comcast Sportsnet documentary, “Guts: The Jeff Hobbs Story” and PBS special, “Jeff Hobbs: Heart of a Champion,” as an inspiration for people facing obstacles.

You may remember Hobbs from a September 2014 Clinton Herald article on his goal to be the first runner with spastic cerebral palsy to finish the Chicago Marathon. With a life philosophy of “positive thinking breeds success,” Hobbs continues to share his incredible journey through work as a motivational speaker, encouraging others to believe in their aspirations, no matter how big.

The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. May 3 at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive in Moline, Illinois.

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