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LISTEN: Two Graduates On One Important Relationship That Led To Academic Success

The support and attention of an adult is often the key that helps a student unlock potential and find academic success. Two recent college graduates in Connecticut credit one special caring relationship with helping them overcome obstacles.

Mohammad Sharif Kakar, 32, is an Afghani refugee who just completed an associate’s degree at Gateway Community College and is now studying accounting at Southern Connecticut State University. Buddy Toth, 34, recently got his master’s from Southern in clinical mental health counseling. Not long after, he accepted a posthumous degree from Gateway on behalf of his mother, who passed away in September.

They joined Connecticut Public Radio’s Diane Orson for a conversation in our New Haven studio.

Diane Orson is a special correspondent with Connecticut Public. She is a longtime reporter and contributor to National Public Radio. Her stories have been heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition and Here And Now. Diane spent seven years as CT Public Radio's local host for Morning Edition.

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