For years, it bothered him. Then life would intervene, and Dan Wehrman would push the nagging concern over the college diploma he lacked to the back burner of his mind. Still, time and again, he’d regret that he’d come so close to graduating, but in the end, no cigar.
In order to truly “be the change you wish to see in the world,” you may have to leave behind the things you love. Such as leaving your home country of Afghanistan and traveling 7,800 miles away to pursue a degree in a foreign country. Such as moving your wife and son from Afghanistan to Pakistan because you fear for their safety while you are gone. Such as suddenly finding yourself in a new country, as the only Afghan student on a university campus.
As formative life experiences go, college graduation has to rank right up there with, well, just about anything, right? Think about it. It’s the curtain call for what many of us consider to be the most impressionable and inspiring years of our lives; the defining moment when, by the simple turn of a tassel, we acknowledge that we’re ready to make the prodigious leap from campus to the real world, hoping that the education and skills we acquired along the way will help land us safely on our feet.
Get the latest news here from alumni from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 will celebrate reunions during 2011 at Homecoming, which is scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2011.