Commencement speaker and billionaire Robert F. Smith announced Sunday he will donate an estimated $40 million to pay off the student debt for the 400 students graduating at the historically black, all-male Morehouse College, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Why it matters: Student debt in the United States has reached $1.5 trillion. Studies show student debt causes lower incomes and is the No. 1 stressor of millennials.
Smith, a philanthropist, tech investor and founder of Vista Equity Partners, already donated $1.5 million to the college.
- “This degree you’ve earned is a social contract to devote your talents and energies to honoring those legends on whose shoulders we stand,” Smith said to the class of 2019.
- “Between doubt and destiny is action. Between our community and the American Dream is leadership.”