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.