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August 13, 2019

Graduation Story: Hanna Tesfay

We asked graduates to share their journey to graduation. Here is what Hanna Tesfay (Organizational Leadership) had to say in her own words…

My family immigrated to the U.S. back in 1993 as refugees fleeing war in Ethiopia. Families in my community didn’t have the luxury of getting a higher education because they had to focus on survival. My parents sacrificed their dreams for so long so that I could have mine and until recently have started to live out theirs. This degree is a testament to that resilience and selflessness. I am immensely proud to walk across the stage, carrying that legacy for my family with both my parents who flew in from California and Ethiopia. I am also surrounded by the love of my extended family, friends, and community to celebrate this accomplishment and remind me that I have strong roots to depend on for the rest of my life.

Congratulations, Hanna!

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