Charlotte Observer Article: Congo Native Faced Two Civil Wars; Thursday, He Graduates from CPCC With Two Degrees

As Alvan Makoundi-Tchibinda walks across the stage with nearly 800 others at Central Piedmont Community College on Thursday, he leaves with two degrees. He also completes an obligation to his family in central Africa.

And now he is free to imagine a life of his own design.

Born in the nation of Congo, Makoundi-Tchibinda, 22, lived through two civil wars as a child before coming to the United States for college at 18.