On May 20, 2017, Felicia Mohau Mazibuko culminated her remarkable journey from Pretoria, South Africa, to Skidmore, where she graduated with a business major and international affairs minor with "Mom-Oprah" in attendance.
"Mom-Oprah" is the woman we know as global media icon and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, who gave the keynote address to Skidmore's 624 graduates.
Mohau was among the first class of the Oprah Winfrey Academy for girls in South Africa to graduate from a four-year college. Oprah attended all 10 graduations and spoke at three. Skidmore gave Oprah an honorary doctorate degree, but she said, "I was coming anyway for 'my daughter girl,' Mohau." In Mohau, she said, she sees "that spark of resilience, hope, aspiration, and drive, that says 'I can, I know, I am!"
Yes, that was Paul Simon among the many proud parents of Skidmore College graduates on that beautiful Saratoga morning. Seated front and center, wearing sunglasses and a snazzy hat, the 16-time Grammy Award-winning musician, singer and songwriter along with his wife, singer/songwriter/Broadway composer Edie Brickell, sat among the gleeful spectators as their daughter, Lulu, received her degree.
Ahead for Simon: A new album, Stranger to Stranger, and a concert tour. Ahead for Brickell: The Drama Desk Award-winning musical Bright Star, a collaborative Broadway show with Steve Martin, inspired by their 2013 Grammy Award-winning bluegrass album, opens this fall in Los Angeles. Ahead for Lulu: A bright future.