EMU alumna and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee Under a postcard-perfect blue sky in April, 467 members of the EMU graduating class of 2014 heard Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee call them to “take action in the present” rather than be paralyzed by uncertainty about what their future holds.

“Begin with what you have,” she said, using “your little gift to change the world.”

Gbowee referred with pride in her commencement speech to being a graduate of EMU (she earned a master’s degree in conflict transformation in 2007) and to being the mother of a 2014 graduate, Joshua Mensah.

“My home is 5,000 miles away from this campus, but this is a place that is very close to my heart.”

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