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4 Summer 2008
Kouassi Kouakou, a native of the Ivory Coast in West Africa,
came to the United States not knowing any English. Within a
few years, he had a command of the language and attained
a master’s degree as well. He went on to earn a Ph.D. and is
now a senior research scientist for Campbell Soup Company.
Kouakou attributes his success to the power of education.
Speaking at William Woods University’s undergraduate
commencement May 10, Kouakou told the graduates and
their families, “Today, armed with an education, I have a
much better understanding and appreciation of the world,
its diversity and beauty.” Education, he said:
Makes you explore the diversity offered by our world,
rather than focusing on the differences as a reason for
separation and confict;
Leads you to explore the cultural richness of others,
rather than staying away for fear of the unknown; and
May be the solution for a better life.
Despite the power of education, Kouakou cautioned that
“Getting an education and a degree is just one step in
the school of life.” He explained, “Your intelligence,
education, dedication, experience, strength and ability
to face and overcome every challenge and obstacle during
the school of life will earn you the most prestigious, glorious,
priceless degree—the degree of life, and it is called wisdom.”
According to Kouakou, the building blocks for success
in constructing a better world include
The given intelligence you’re blessed with,
The power of your education, and
Your determination to seek wisdom throughout your life.
Mark Penny, superintendent-designate for the Moberly school
district and an adjunct professor for WWU, addressed
students receiving graduate degrees May 9.
“The relationships that you have built will allow you to become
the leaders it will take to make a positive change in the lives of
the people that you infuence,” Penny told the graduates.
He added, “The success of any change rests with your ability
to address the emotional and practical issues of your
colleagues or employees.”
Speaking to the “current and future leaders of society’s most
precious commodity, our children,” he said, “the qualities
By Mary Ann Beahon
Speaker Extols the
Power of Education