Whitman College Grad Raised in Refugee Camp Shares Inspiring Story

Whitman College 2022 Class Speaker Fadia Chehadeh gives an emotional speech about the lessons she learned from her mother, a woman who never finished fourth grade. “The most intellectual person in my life is my mother. She taught me how to make an impact in this world through resilience and perseverance.”

Fadia grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, before attending a United World Colleges school in the United Kingdom and then Whitman College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology. Next year she will study epidemiology at the University of Colorado Denver.