Sandra Breaks Down the Barriers in a Silent World

In 2011, Sandra Hoopmann completed a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in the Discipline of Gender, Work and Social Inquiry after earlier obtaining a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology, and Media and Communications in 2008. This achievement for Sandra makes her the first profoundly-Deaf person to graduate with First Class Honours in the University’s 138-year history.

Sandra has spent the past 11 years studying part-time at the University of Adelaide with the help of sign-language interpreters, who worked with her during lectures, tutorials and meetings with supervisors.

After graduation Sandra hopes to further develop her writing skills and make “valuable contributions to Adelaide’s Deaf community”, through community work, research and teaching.

To read the full writeup of Sandra’s story click the link to download a PDF version of the Adelaidean Article by Candy Gibson.

Sandra Hoopmann

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