‘Education is transformative’

Washington University Prison Education Project presents first Commencement

Stanley Andrisse, assistant professor at the Howard University College of Medicine, delivers the Commencement address. (All photos: Joe Angeles/Washington University in St. Louis)

On May 22, the Washington University Prison Education Project (PEP) conducted its first Commencement at the Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in Pacific, Mo. Ten students earned associate’s degrees. The ceremony was held in the center’s visiting room.

“This piece of paper is your foundation and your anchor,” said speaker Stanley Andrisse, assistant professor at Howard University College of Medicine and himself a formerly incarcerated person. “Use it when you feel that you are falling. Education is transformative. Use it to rewrite your story.”

Joe Angeles, director of Washington University Photo Services, documented the day.

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