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Student Becomes First Person With a Disability to Join School's Sorority

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Alexis Cain is now a proud Alpha Sigma Alpha ladybug.

Cain, who has Down syndrome, is a senior at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, where she was recently accepted into the Beta Nu chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha, The Odyssey Online reported. This makes her the first person with a disability to join a sorority at her school, according to the description on the YouTube video below.

Cain went through formal recruitment earlier this month. Best Buddies Kentucky, an inclusion organization Cain participates in, posted the video of Cain accepting the bid online on August 20. It’s since been viewed nearly 40,000 times.

The excitement in the room is a testament to the supportive, positive community of Murray State that has truly embraced the Best Buddies mission of respect, friendship and inclusion,” reads the YouTube description on the video below.


“It felt really good to know that the girls wanted me to join their sorority,” Cain told The Odyssey Online. “They make me feel accepted and really welcomed me into their group already and they feel like the sisters I’ve never had.”

Watch the crowd go wild when Cain accepts her bid in the video below: 

Originally published: August 27, 2015
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