Maxwell Graduate Convocation 2013

Convocation Full ImageExcitement buzzed throughout Hendricks Chapel on May 10, 2013 as 25 EMPA, EMIR and Certificate graduates from thirteen countries took part in the Maxwell Graduate Convocation. Four Masters of Social Science graduates were also honored in the ceremony, which took place in began at 10 a.m. and was comprised of nearly 100 graduates in total. Scores of colleagues, friends, and family members, armed with balloons, celebratory flowers, and even a foam finger, attended to cheer on the graduates. 

Maxwell School Dean James B. Steinberg opened the ceremony, introducing student speaker Raymond Babu Kaniu, a Masters student in the International Relations department who spoke about his life in Kenya and the opportunity afforded to him at the Maxwell School. Pulitzer Prize-winning author, former special assistant to President Barack Obama, and Senior Director of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council Samantha Power was the event’s guest speaker. Power addressed the audience with humor, recounting anecdotes of her time spent working for the Obama administration and assuring the to-be graduates in the audience “not to compare [their] insides to anyone else’s outsides,” referencing the personal journal and self-doubt of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American politician and sociologist and an esteemed name throughout Maxwell. Power urged the audience to apply principles of the Athenian Oath to their lives after Maxwell. Tina Nabatchi, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Faculty Research Associate at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), was then presented with the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research by Dean Steinberg. The award recognizes outstanding teaching, research, and service by a non-tenured faculty member.

Students were recognized individually by Maxwell faculty as they crossed the stage to receive congratulations from Dean Steinberg and Associate Dean Michael Wasylenko. The ceremony concluded with Dean Steinberg leading the new alumni in a recitation of the Athenian Oath, which graces the entrance to the 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.”
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