At 29-years-old, Hightower is not your traditional student. With the help of his sign language interpreter, Annie Masters, Hightower has also become a teacher.
"I never imagined that people would come up to me. I figured one or two, I expected, but what feels like the whole campus coming up saying, 'Hey I want to know how to spell this or can you teach me this,'" said Hightower.
Philippe Andal, president of the Student Government Association, said Hightower brings a new form of diversity to the university that has not only been welcomed, but embraced.
"It's actually exciting because when the class found out they had a deaf student amongst themselves during orientation, the second day of orientation they already had a petition with 144 signatures to get a class started," said Andal.
Jamal Hutchinson is Dwayne's academic advisor and says advising a deaf student has its challenges, but the rewards are much greater for the Fisk University family. Full article at News Channel 5