Vallejo native, Morehouse grad gets $160K in student debt paid

Bay Area

(KRON) — Morehouse college graduate and Bay Area native Casey Roquemore describes his graduation ceremony over the weekend as life-changing.

Commencement speaker Robert F. Smith pledged to pay off student loans for the entire class of 2019. That’s for nearly 400 young men.

Smith is the CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which has an office in San Francisco. According to Forbes Magazine, he is the richest African American in the country.

“After graduating I was thinking how I’m gonna eliminate debt while saving and investing for my future,” he said. “And now one of those goals are already checked off, so at this point the world is like my oyster.”

Roquemore graduated with a degree in business administration and says he owed nearly $160,000 in student loans.

Without that crippling financial debt, he says he has new plans and goals.

“I’m originally from Vallejo, California, but now I’m considering getting my MBA,” he said. “It’s, I mean, the options are limitless now.”

Roquemore hopes to pay it forward to give others the same relief he’s now experiencing.

“It’s just a relief of stress. I’m just so peaceful. I’m at peace right now.”

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