A Liberian born Purdue alum gives 2016 graduates three rules to live by in commencement speech

pru{CHICAGO TRIBUNE} – Michael Lach, a 1983 graduate of Purdue Calumet, shares his experience and insight with the graduates during a keynote address he made Saturday at the university’s graduation ceremony.

Born in Liberia and rescued by the grace of the universe from becoming a child soldier when he was just 8 years old, Brewer received his masters of business degree during Purdue University Calumet’s 71st commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon. It was also the last time the school’s students would graduate as Peregrines, as it’s officially become Purdue Northwest and its students the Pride.

Brewer’s degree was his second master’s; his first is in chemical engineering, he said. The reason he went for a second degree was because it was instilled in him from a very young age that he must go further than his parents, and his mother earned her bachelor’s degree as a single mom in Detroit.

So dedicated was he to finishing his degree at Purdue, he commuted from his new home in New Johnsonville, Tenn., for the last six months. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.