Executive Education Honors December Graduates

Dec_Grads2011Twelve Executive Education students were recently honored at a graduation celebration held at the Schine Student Center.  These graduates earned either an Executive MPA or a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Administration and hail from Egypt, India, Russia and the United States. 
Two students were selected to represent their colleagues and offered a perspective of their Maxwell experience.  Janetta Akhilgova, of Russia, remarked how she learned as much from her colleagues in classes as from faculty members.  She also reminisced about the array of courses, the challenges and rewards of group work as well as knowledge gained and lessons learned.  Amy Kremenek, from the Syracuse area, recalled the Athenian Oath that graces the first floor of Maxwell Hall:  “we will transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”  She encouraged her fellow graduates will take this oath back to their own countries as world citizens.
Public Administration Professor Larry Schroeder was the feature speaker of the evening.  Because of the Executive Education students’ rich and varied experiences, he appreciates their perspective, which sometimes challenges theoretical assumptions.  He reflected that graduation was not an end nor a beginning, but a continuation- where graduates now have a much better understanding of public policy analysis issues, public management and human capital perspectives.
Fellow students, friends, family, faculty and Executive Education staff were on hand to congratulate all on a job well done.