May 25, 2010
The Institute’s spring commencement ceremony, held under breezy blue skies on Colton Hall Lawn on Saturday, May 22, celebrated a school year full of accomplishments and change.
The ceremony honored the academic achievements of 338 students in 11 graduate degree programs. Commencement speaker Dr. Robert Gallucci, president of the MacArthur Foundation and former dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, offered an overview of major world issues, before noting how MIIS graduates can make a difference in addressing each of them. After student speakers Jonas Abel (MATI ’10) and Bulbul Ahammed (MBA ’10) entertained the crowd with anecdotes about their experiences at MIIS, the graduates – representing 40 countries around the world – received their diplomas and enjoyed an afternoon reception at the Samson Student Center with family and friends.