“I feel extremely lucky to be graduating today,” began Feras Fahed Abushaar at the International and Area Studies department 2017 commencement. “I realize I would not be standing here had it not been for a chance given to my dad as a young Syrian boy with next to nothing to break free from debilitating circumstances with an education in Germany that would in some way enable mine here. A possibility so transformative to us and our families that draws people to these shores. A possibility shut out to more and more each day.”
Watch the full speech in the video above.