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Commencement speaker draws on peacekeeping role in Rwanda

May 06, 2013

Roméo Dallaire, a Canadian senator and retired lieutenant general, will be the speaker at the commencement ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences on May 18.

Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda and is the author of Shake Hands With the Devil, a first-hand account of the world’s, and his own, failure to stop the 1994 genocide.

Building on our partnership

Dallaire’s relationship with Lewis & Clark began on November 18, 2004, when Michael Graham BA ’06 invited him to address the campus. Dallaire then became the first contributor to a scholarship that now bears his name.

The Romeo Dallaire Scholarship Fund provides full tuition, books, and living expenses for low-income sub-Saharan African students wishing to study English at Lewis & Clark for one academic year. Since 2004, Lewis & Clark has enrolled seven scholars from Rwanda.

“Sometimes as survivors we feel misunderstood by our fellow Rwandans and the outside world,” said Emmanuel Habimana, this year’s Dallaire Scholarship recipient. “I contribute to my society by doing projects that raise awareness about the issues we face and helping survivors feel understood and appreciated.”

One of Habimana’s projects has been to produce and codirect a documentary titled Komora: To Heal about children orphaned by the genocide in Rwanda. The film includes Habimana’s personal interviews with Dallaire.

Commencement details

Dallaire will be introduced at the commencement ceremony by Matthew Rugamba ’13, an international affairs major from Kigali, Rwanda. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Pamplin Sports Center.

Commencement 2013 will be webcast live. To view the web cast, please go to the College’s live broadcast page. The live web cast will begin at 1:45 p.m. and concludes with the recessional at approximately 4:30 p.m. Follow the conversation or share your photos with @lewisandclark or #lcgrad.


Commencement 2013

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