SNHU GEM Celebrates the newest class of graduates from Cape Town, South Africa

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SNHU GEM and its partner, the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town joined together to celebrate the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022.

In June, Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Education Movement (SNHU GEM) joined students, their families, and staff members to celebrate the graduating classes of 2021 and 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. SNHU GEM partners with the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town to provide higher education and pathways to employment for refugee students and vulnerable community members in South Africa.

Together, SNHU GEM’s flexible, online academic program, and the Scalabrini Centre’s in-person, wraparound services equip students with the high-demand skills, credentials, and support that lead to meaningful work and transformational outcomes. 

Speaking to the 68 Cape Town graduates, SNHU Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Social Impact Collective, Dr. Adrian K. Haugabrook said, “What you have proved you can do, and what you will continue to do, is to change lives, to change communities, and ultimately, make an impact on the world.” 

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Dr. Adrian Haugabrook delivered the keynote address during Commencement.

We know that when refugees have access to opportunities such as higher education, they not only improve their own lives, but create social and economic opportunities for their families and communities. But only 5% of refugees worldwide have access to higher education according to UNHCR. 

Diploma presentation to graduate

SNHU Vice President, Executive Director of Global Education Movement, Rachael Sears presented diplomas to graduates during Commencement.

SNHU GEM is committed to helping refugee learners reach their full potential and transform their lives. “It’s especially important for our graduates to continue to direct and redirect the conversation that’s happening around refugees and refugee education,” said SNHU Vice President, Executive Director of Global Education Movement, Rachael Sears.

Congratulations to all the graduates! We look forward to following and supporting you in this exciting next chapter of life.

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