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Wyclef Jean speaks at undergraduate commencement

As the world’s attention turned to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake there in January, one of the country’s native sons became a vocal advocate in support of rebuilding his homeland. Wyclef Jean, multi-platinum recording artist and founder of the charity Yéle Haiti, was the keynote speaker at Western Connecticut State University’s undergraduate commencement on Sunday, May 23.

Before commencement, WestConn President James W. Schmotter said Jean’s talk would prove to be inspirational.

“We’re excited that Wyclef Jean has agreed to speak at our undergraduate commencement ceremonies in May,” Schmotter said. “His artistic achievements and his long and impressive record of humanitarian work have recently been underscored by his role in galvanizing the international response to the terrible tragedy in his homeland. I know that he will bring a message that will engage and inspire our graduates and all in attendance.”

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A happy student gives the ceremony "thumbs up"; an elated graduate; the sea of degree recipients; commencement speaker Wyclef Jean.