Famed oceanographic archaeologist Robert Ballard told the 2012 graduating class of Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School on Sunday: “All journeys in life begin with a dream. ... When you get knocked down in life, it’s your passion that makes you get back up.”
Ballard, who is most recognized for his discovery of the sunken luxury liner RMS Titanic, said it was special to come to Joplin and speak to graduates whose community has inspired the nation. He said Joplin has taken a special place in the national lexicon for its response to the May 2011 tornado.
“Joplin has become special in America,” Ballard said before the ceremony. “Watching the devastation that took place a year ago and watching the people pick themselves up was inspirational.”
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