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April 27, 2009

Student from Kenya defies odds to earn his bachelor’s degree

Goshen College commencement


That help showed itself in the form of former GC president Vic Stoltzfus, whom Audy said has helped many, many people at the school with a multitude of problems. With his funding secured, he was able to complete his classes and graduate.

Audy said he has enjoyed his time in Goshen.

“Goshen is unique because it presents the whole globe in terms of the countries who are represented at Goshen College,” Audy said. “So, you find that you are not just alone, you know, you find that if you are from Africa, you find other students from Africa. It’s a mix.”

He graduated with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry with a minor in theater. His plans now are to attend Eastern Michigan University to earn his master’s degree in nursing. That is as close to his original plan of going to medical school as he could get. He is looking forward to a life of service.

“I would love to help people,” Audy said, “simply because my life was a supported life.”

Commencement address

Goshen native, GC alumni and now president of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., Stephen Ainlay delivered the commencement address, where he noted the affect his time at the school had on him.

“It did not lead to incremental change, it led to transformative change,” Ainlay said. “My time here still influences the decisions and choices I make every day.”

During his remarks, Ainlay used the story of the pilgrims as told by author Nathaniel Philbrick in his book “Mayflower” to discuss the important lessons of courage, perseverance and discernment.

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