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Iraqi refugee finds success at Rowan College at Burlington County

Photo of Moustafa Aldouri

Rowan College at Burlington County’s commencement ceremony celebrated the success of more than 1,300 students, including Moustafa Aldouri, who had earned his degree despite experiencing great trauma.

Aldouri had only come to the United States eight years ago as a matter of survival. At the beginning of the Iraq War, he was kidnapped and his family was forced to flee their home. His dreams and aspirations, including achieving a college degree, were put on hold.

“Moustafa Aldouri’s story should serve as an inspiration to us all,” said RCBC President Drayton. “He was able to overcome something unimaginable to achieve something that seemed impossible.”

Once his family arrived in America, Aldouri learned to speak English fluently and even attained his real estate license. To provide for his family, he works at Catholic Charities where he helps those in need – including refugees like him – get back on their feet.

Aldouri received his associate degree in liberal arts and plans to further his education at Rowan University.