Sef Scott is a graduating senior at Plano Senior High School in north Texas. The young man, who self-describes during his speech as having autism as well as a social communication disorder, brought a crowd to their feet following a six-minute speech at his school's graduation ceremony as CBS6 reports.
Delivering his oration with confidence, the 17-year-old Scott spoke about so many of the challenges in his own life and how they may relate to others facing their own set of hardships. Sef was quick to share credit with his younger brother, Sin, who survived a bout with brain cancer and helped him write the speech along with his mother – as well as with his personal mentor and faculty member Brittney Love.
"I would imagine that to the seniors that know who I am that it is entirely unexpected that I would be standing here giving a speech," Scott said. "I have autism and a social communication disorder. While I have the ability – while I have a vocabulary that you do and I have the ability to physically produce spoken words, it is not the normal thing for me to electively speak. Just by my being here, speaking to all of you – that alone is unexpected... Don't follow someone else's dreams. Don't waste time on something you never wanted. Do the unexpected. It is your life that you are living, not anyone else's. So do what fulfills you. Don't fear the future. Don't fear the unknown. Will it be unexpected? Yes. Yes, it will. But that does not make it wrong... Be the unexpected like me. Do the unexpected for the benefit of others. Live the unexpected for your own happiness."