Syrian student Feras Fahed Abushaar, a graduate from UC Berkeley, gave a powerful and heartwarming speech at his graduation.
Abushaar grew up in Kuwait to a Syrian father and a Palestinian mother who had lost their homelands during the wars that shook their countries.
This made Abushaar grateful to have the opportunity to study in the US In his moving speech he expressed his gratitude and willingness to bring about change in the world.
At the London School of Economics in Berkeley, Abushaar majored in political economy studying a course work in law and economics. At IAS graduation ceremony in Zellerbach Hall, Abushaar spoke of his determination to build bridges of understanding among people and affect social transformation in the world, and stated that Berkeley helped him realize the opportunity ahead.
As a student, Abushaar lead an initiative with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that supported 23 Syrian refugee families for a year as part of the UNHCR’s “Lifeline Campaign.” While in Kuwait, he helped raise over $1 million toward renovating schools and promoting the educational empowerment of children in Palestine. He also became a youth leader at Queen Rania Foundation’s Madrasati (“My School”) Initiative.
“I hope to focus my humanitarian work on developing educational opportunities for refugees and helping them lead sustainable and fulfilling lives with borderless ambition despite the borders and constraints they face, at a time when our world most needs them to fulfill their potential,” Abushaar said as he returned to Kuwait to carry on with his ambitious call .