Poole to speak at graduation


UCSD grad Laren Poole, whose documentary “Invisible Children” exposed the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers, will share his story as keynote speaker at his alma mater’s All Campus Graduation Celebration on June 11.

Poole, 28, is co-founder of Invisible Children (

), a nonprofit organization named after the movie that uses the power of media to inspire young people to help end the Ugandan conflict, the longest-running war in Africa.

Poole said he is excited to be coming back to the campus.

“I hope to inspire the students to not be nervous about graduating in this economy,” he said. “There is so much opportunity out there, including public service. This generation is capable of making change to improve the lives of future generations.”

The celebration is open to graduating undergraduate and graduate students and alumni, and will include speeches from Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, Vice Chancellor Penny Rue and Poole.

“Poole is an excellent example of the amazing global citizens UC San Diego produces,” celebration co-chairwoman Katie Hall said. “He has a perfect story to tell seniors — if you follow your passions, you can do amazing and fulfilling work, even if it is something you never imagined possible.”

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