International Studies Commencement
Last Year’s Ceremony Details; INTL Class of 2013
IS Core Faculty (from left to right) Kathie Carpenter, Glenn Mitterman, Yvonne Braun, Stephen Wooten, Derrick Hindery, Galen Martin. Not pictured: Anita M. Weiss, Dennis Galvan, Kristin Yarris
It was a lovely afternoon on Monday, June 17th, 2013. The sun shone warmly on the ceremony location at the EMU amphitheatre in the heart of the UO Campus. Family members and friends of graduates assembled early at the venue to get settled and await the arrival of the students dressed in their dark green caps and gowns. By the time faculty and students began the processional, the entire seating area for the audience was fully occupied, and bystanders were situated around the perimeter.
IS Department Head, Anita Weiss, emceed the program of events; musicians Josh Feinberg and Doug Scheuerell provided North Indian classical music on tabla and sitar during the Processional and Recessional while the group Capoeira Oregon played a rousing solo performance of a traditional Brazilian Capoeira music medley; graduate student Jean Faye and undergraduate student Sophia Borgias addressed their classmates with touching commencement speeches; IS alumni Kathy Poole (1991), who currently works as the Director of Special Programs at the UO’s Office of International Affairs was invited to deliver the Alumni Commencement Address; IS professor Dennis Galvan offered inspirational words to the graduating class as the ceremony concluded.
The department recognized ten graduate students receiving Master’s of Arts degrees, and 91 undergraduates were acknowledged individually as they walked across the stage to receive their diploma covers. Following the ceremony, faculty, graduates and guests enjoyed a reception with food and beverages on the balcony overlooking the amphitheater and celebrated their completion of the International Studies Program.