Friends and family members from near and far gathered in Monterey on Saturday to celebrate the achievements of 278 students from 40 countries at the Monterey Institute Spring Commencement. Sounds of cheers and laughter mixed in with ceremonial bagpipes echoed through town, signaling new beginnings for an accomplished group of graduates.
2012 in Review: A Year of Great Achievements, New Programs and Amazing Students
December 20, 2012
The Monterey Institute community celebrates 2012 as a year of great achievements and is looking forward to a new year filled with possibilities and promise.
Picking the top five news stories of the year was especially difficult this time around, but we have chosen five important stories, listed by date:
A record 109 employers participated in the Career Fair this year, showing once again the relevance of the degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute.
The packed conference was treated to a day full of innovative ideas and provocative discussions about the wise management of marine resources. In addition to the 260 in-person participants, hundreds more participated in viewing parties or individually followed the live-streamed proceedings at their computers.
- Six students from the Monterey Institute will receive U.S. Fulbright scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic year, the most in the Institute’s 57-year history and more on a per capita basis than every top-ten school in the 2012 US News & World Report college rankings.
- The new class of 420 students will experience an academic curriculum that continues to expand, with a new Master of Arts in International Education Management program debuting this fall, along with a new joint degree in Business Administration and International Environmental Policy, and another new joint degree in International Education Management and Public Administration. This will also be the Institute’s first year of participation in the Peace Corps Fellows program.
- The Center focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts, approaching them as a vehicle of change. The highlight of the inaugural week was a three-day conference titled “Religion and Gender: Identity, Conflict and Power.”
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Giving thanks: Kenley Butler, director of development at the Monterey Institute, feels fortunate to have daily interactions with incredibly smart, moral people who aspire to make a difference in their respective fields.