Dr. Emad Rahim Selected As Commencement Speaker for Bellevue University’s Winter 2020 Graduation Class


Award-Winning Author, Educator, TEDx Speaker Dr. Emad Rahim to Address Bellevue University’s Winter Class of 2020

Students will travel to Omaha from all over the country to receive their diplomas at commencement ceremony

BELLEVUE, Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Bellevue University announced that author Dr. Emad Rahim will deliver the keynote address at its winter commencement. Bellevue’s commencement ceremony is set for 8 a.m. January 25, at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, IA 51501.

Dr. Rahim was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. He arrived to the United States with his family as a refugee living in Brooklyn and was raised in Syracuse, New York. After struggling with street violence, poverty, abuse, and dyslexia as an adolescent, he found his way through higher education to become an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author and community leader. He is a Fulbright Scholar, United Nations Empact100 Honoree and TEDx Speaker.

He authored Resilience: From Killing Fields to Boardroom and co-authored The Inclusive Leader: An Applied Approach to Diversity, Change, and Management and the Foundations of Social Responsibility and Its Application to Change. He has also written for CEO Magazine, Forbes and IntelligentHQ.com.

He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes Magazine, World Class Magazine, Rutgers’ The Humanist Magazine and CEO Magazine, and was interviewed on BBC, NPR, StoryCorps, PBS, and multiple podcast shows.

Dr. Rahim currently serves as the Kotouc Family Endowed Chair at Bellevue University, and was the former the Dean of Social Impact at Claremont Lincoln University. He has also been invited as a Visiting Scholar at Rutgers University and Lebanon Valley College and was appointed as the Distinguished Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Oklahoma State University and Whitman School of Management.

He volunteers on the Board of Directors for 100 Black Men of Syracuse, CNY Community Foundation, On Point for College, Onondaga Community College Scholarship Foundation and the Good Life Youth Foundation. Dr. Rahim also supports his local school district and community centers by serving on committees, facilitating workshops trainings, advising parents and students, and speaking at graduations ceremonies and community events.

Dr. Rahim has earned advanced post-doctoral credentials from Harvard University, Tulane University, and the University of Maryland University Global Campus. He has a Doctorate of Management and two graduate degrees in business from Colorado Tech, and completed his undergraduate education at SUNY Empire State College and Onondaga Community College. He received an honorary PhD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology was the recipient of the John H. Mulroy Founder’s Award from Onondaga Community College.

For more information on the institution’s fall 2019 commencement, visit: https://www.bellevue.edu/student-support/graduation/graduation



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