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Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Agnes Scott’s 2014 Commencement speaker will be Luma Mufleh
Founder of Fugees Family, Inc., visionary coach, educator, social entrepreneur, refugee advocate, and humanitarian
A Jordanian immigrant and proud women’s college graduate, Luma has earned national acclaim for her efforts to educate and empower refugee girls and boys. After starting a soccer team for refugee kids, dubbed “the Fugees,” in Clarkston, Georgia, she launched the non-profit organization Fugees Family to build on the power of soccer to galvanize child survivors of war by giving them the educational support and structure they need to realize their potential.
Fugees Family now serves girls and boys from 28 countries, providing year-round soccer, after-school tutoring, a private academy, as well as an academic summer camp held here on the Agnes Scott College campus. Luma continues to serve as head coach of the Fugees soccer teams and works tirelessly to champion the needs of talented young people who come to the United States with little English or formal schooling but with hope for a better life. Her long-term vision is to build a permanent home for the Fugees Academy as the first school for refugee girls and boys in the United States.
Coach Luma has also created several businesses. In 2004, she launched Fresh Start, a cleaning service that pays refugee and immigrant parents a living wage to clean residential and commercial properties. In 2010, she started Queen Food Company, a food truck business serving authentic ethnic street food that employs parents and graduates of the Fugees program.
Coach Luma has received many awards for her work, including the Search for Common Ground Award, The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award and the Smith College Medal. She has appeared on NPR, CNN, CBS and MSNBC and in The New York Times. Her story was chronicled in New York Times reporter Warren St. John’s best-selling book Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman's Quest to Make a Difference, which was our first-year summer reading in 2010.
At a time when we are working to position Agnes Scott as a center for leadership in a global society, Luma reminds us that there are urgent global issues in our own backyard and inspires us to think critically and creatively about how we can make a difference in the world. She truly embodies the Agnes Scott mission statement and I am thrilled that she will deliver our commencement address and receive an honorary degree from Agnes Scott.
Our Baccalaureate speaker will be The Reverend Dr. Wallace Alston, Jr.
Distinguished Author, Minister, and Theologian
The son of Agnes Scott's third president, Wallace McPherson Alston, Dr. Alston spent part of his childhood on the Agnes Scott campus. After graduating from Emory University and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, he served congregations in Alabama and North Carolina. In 1974 he became the first pastor of Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, New Jersey and then in 1996 the Director of The Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. He served as a trustee of Agnes Scott College from 1979 to 1989.
A prolific author, Dr. Alston has published several books and numerous articles on Reformed theology, ministry, ecumenicism, student dissent, and peacemaking. He has also been active in civil and human rights and nuclear disarmament efforts. We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Alston back to Agnes Scott in celebration of the college's 125th anniversary.
The commencement ceremony will be held in the college’s traditional location on the Presser Quad, the area bounded by Presser, Buttrick and Campbell. A canopy will be placed over the platform—the brick courtyard between Presser and Buttrick. While we all hope and expect lovely weather, the outdoor ceremony will proceed in light rain or drizzle. We encourage graduates and guests to bring umbrellas in case of light rain. No tickets are needed for the outdoor ceremony.
In the event of severe weather conditions, the ceremony may be moved into Gaines Chapel. The decision to move to Gaines will be made by 6 a.m. on the day of the ceremony and announced by email. In the event that the ceremony is moved indoors, tickets will be required for entrance. Please note: Tickets are needed only in the event of severe weather.