Celebrations were in the air as sixty-four Executive Education students had the opportunity to participate in convocation and graduation ceremonies on the Syracuse University campus May 12. Students received Executive Master of International Relations, Executive Master of Public Administration or Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration degrees.
Dean James B. Steinberg welcomed the students during Convocation at Hendricks Chapel, recognizing the students’ families for their support and encouragement during their studies. Featured speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter, Professor of Politics & International Affairs at Princeton University and director of policy planning for the State Department from 2009-2011, praised the student's accomplishments and spoke to the challenges and opportunities facing them after graduation. She also took special care to urge the students to use the lessons they learned at Maxwell not just to improve their own work, but to share their skills and make the values of the Athenian Oath a part of whatever organizations they decided to work for.
Students were individually recognized as they walked across the stage to receive congratulations from Dean Steinberg and Associate Dean Michael Wasylenko. The Dean then led the graduates in a recitation of the Athenian Oath, which graces the entrance to Maxwell Auditorium and serves as a hallmark of the Maxwell experience: “We will strive for the ideas and sacred things of the city, both alone and with many; we will unceasingly seek to quicken the sense of public duty’ we will revere and obey the city’s laws; we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”