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Celebrating SNHU GEM’s 2020 and 2021 Rwanda Graduates

We are going to do our best to positively impact society. We shall not make our skills inactive; rather we should strive to make a change in the community.” –Graduate representative, Benitha Umurungi

Last week, the SNHU Global Education Movement (GEM) Rwanda classes of 2020 and 2021 gathered to celebrate graduation. SNHU GEM partners with Kepler in Rwanda to provide higher education to displaced learners in the city of Kigali and the Kiziba Refugee Camp.

“Years from now, when your grandchildren ask you about your university degree, you’ll say, ‘not only did you finish but you did it in this most extraordinarily difficult time,’” said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. “To do so is a demonstration of your grit, courage and perseverance. I think of you as maybe one of the greatest graduating classes in our history as a result.”

He went on to emphasize that while the graduates may no longer be studying and completing projects as part of their degree work, they will remain a part of the SNHU community. “You are forever part of our family. We are ever in support of all that comes next for you and we wish you the best of luck.”

We know when refugees have access to opportunities such as higher education, they not only improve their own lives, but create opportunities for those in their community and beyond. Graduate representative Benitha Umurungi reflected, “As we conclude we close this chapter and open another page, we are going to do our best to positively impact society. We shall not make our skills inactive; rather we should strive to make a change in the community.”

Congratulations to all of our graduates! We look forward to following and supporting your journeys as you go on to fulfill your dreams and lift others up around you. 

Graduate representative, Benitha Umurungi, delivers remarks during the graduation ceremony. Photo credit: Kepler