On Friday, May 19, the Master of Science in Foreign Service celebrated the 2017 graduating class in Gaston Hall. Of the 97 students graduated from the two-year MSFS program, 37 received certificates from institutes throughout the School of Foreign Service, including: diplomatic studies; international business diplomacy; refugees and humanitarian emergencies; African studies; Asian studies; Eurasian, Russian and East European studies; and Latin American studies. 21 graduating students received distinction on their capstone oral examinations, and 37 earned Academic Excellence.
The graduating class was addressed by student speaker Ashley Arostegui, who reminded her classmates, "talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not just ourselves." This sentiment was echoed by alumna speaker Izumi Nakamitsu, MSFS '89, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. The night concluded with remarks from keynote speaker Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO of Chobani, LLC. Mr. Ulukaya emphasized his positive outlook on life event amidst turmultuous times, reflecting, "the only way to banish the deficit of hope is for people in powerful positions - and soon you - to lead the change; to lead it by the guiding lights of cora personalis."
Congratulations to the MSFS class of 2017!