Thought Leader. Orator. Professor. Motivator. The Dapper Dean.

From GED to Ph.D.

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The story of the Dapper Dean

Pilgrimage to Purpose



Dr. Rice has used his platform to inspire thousands of students to earn high school diplomas, baccalaureate and advanced degrees by sharing his firsthand experiences as a troubled youth who spent his elementary years in the behavior and learning disorders programs in the Dekalb County School System in Metropolitan Atlanta before dropping out of high school.

Rice’s “Pilgrimage to Purpose” narrative arc, which he has shared with more than 800,000 people, chronicles his life from a GED to a Ph.D. recipient.


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