“Either student loan rates are too high, or the terms or too short, so a lot of college students default. We need to view education not so much as a private debt of the individual, but a public investment of the society, and into the best of community. It’s building a nation of contributors, and when you do this everyone wins.”

John Hope Bryant, sharing thoughts prior to the 87th Commencement Address, at Queens College, New York.

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc., author of Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business book LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass), and a Member of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability.

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