Rwandan President Paul Kagame told Oklahoma Christian University graduates their commencement symbolizes a growing relationship between his country in Africa and the university. Kagame was the keynote speaker at the Friday afternoon commencement ceremony in the gymnasium. "Oklahoma has become home to so many of our people. Our lives are now intertwined, and lasting relationships have been forged,” he said. Three hundred students graduated this spring, which is the largest graduating class in the university’s 60-year history, spokesman Ron Frost said. Among those students were 10 graduates from Rwanda. The relationship between Oklahoma Christian and Rwanda began in 2006 when Kagame visited the campus and signed the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program. He also received an honorary doctorate at that time. The scholars program allows 10 Rwandan students per year to attend the university on a scholarship. The first group of 10 students graduated Friday. They have an average grade point average of almost 3.8. Throughout his speech, Kagame offered advice to the new graduates. He told them to use their moral values, use their leadership training to make positive changes in their community and treat others with respect. "Education is only as good as the character of the person who receives it,” Kagame said. "Education is a particularly powerful tool that empowers people to do things for themselves,” he said. Kagame declined to answer questions from the media, but he shook hands with the graduates who walked across the stage. Also during the ceremony, Rwandan first lady Jeannette Kagame was presented an honorary degree from Board of Trustees Chairman Don Millican for her efforts to fight AIDS and poverty.