WICHITA FALLS, TX - An MSU alumni student who will speak at the commencement ceremony Saturday morning was recognized Friday afternoon.
Dr. Michael K. Obeng graduated cum laude from MSU in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science. His major was chemistry.
"To come all the way from Ghana, to come to a different culture and to have people as supportive as they were, it blew my mind away," Dr. Obeng said.
While attending the university he worked odd jobs. He was employed at Golden Corral and even drove a bus for Wichita Falls ISD.
He and a roommate shared a mattress they salvaged from the garbage until Dr. Obeng landed a job as a residence assistant on campus.
He credits the community at MSU for helping impress on him the need to help others.
"I don't care how smart, how intelligent; if you don't get along with people you're not going to do well in life and MSU taught me that," Dr. Obeng said.
In Ghana, Dr. Obeng saw people struggling to live with physical deformities that did not live in areas with qualified physicians. This prompted him to form RESTORE or Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts.
Volunteer teams have traveled to Ghana and Guatemala to perform free reconstructive surgeries.
Dr. Obeng will give the commencement speech Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Kay Yeager Coliseum.
"For everybody listening tomorrow I hope that they will take home the message of humility and also perseverance. If you persevere you can move mountains. Perseverance conquers all difficulties," Dr. Obeng said.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6