Burundian Asylum Seeker to Be Community College Graduation Speaker

As you all know, my first love has always been community colleges.  I recently had a conversation with Ninette Irabaruta who  fled violence in Burundi to come to the U.S. first to Maine, and is now living in Boston, where she is a student at Brandeis University.  She is pursuing a master’s degree in sustainable development. Upon arriving  to Maine she attended  and graduated from Southern Maine Community College where she is this year’s commencement speaker.   I am often perplexed by those selected to be graduation speakers: too many politicians, and celebrity types who don’t have compelling stories.  Ninette has a story to tell.

Click here or below to read about her.

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Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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