Spring 2012: Muhammad Yunus headlines Convocation for Honors

Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the bank he founded, headlined Elon's 2012 Convocation for Honors.

Muhammad Yunus speaks at the April 3 Convocation for Honors in Alumni Gym.

Yunus, joint winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize with the Grameen Bank, delivered a talk titled “Buliding Social and Humanitarian Businesses” to the Elon community on April 3. He encouraged students to create businesses as a way to solve problems, whether they be related to health, poverty, education or technology.

“If you believe that you can do it, it can happen,” Yunus said. “Each of you can change the world. Not as a group or a class. Each of you!”

Click the links to the right to see video excerpts from Yunus’ speech.

The following day, Yunus spoke with students in two question-and-answer sessions.

While at Elon, Yunus received the Elon University Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership from the Martha & Spencer Love School of Business. He also took part in two question-and-answer sessions with Elon students from various parts of campus to speak about social business and other topics. Click here to read about his interactions with Elon students.