The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS) held its 2011 annual graduation ceremony on June 17. The Commencement took place in the Alliance Française auditorium and was followed by a graduation dinner at the French Senate.
The Class of 2011 is composed of 36 students from 11 different countries—the United States, Guatemala, Ecuador, Chile, Ireland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, and Mongolia.
Twenty-nine graduates were awarded the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy in partnership with Arcadia University; one graduate was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Relations and Diplomacy, and six graduates were awarded the degree of Executive Master of Science in Finance, in partnership with Baruch College at the City University of New York.
In addition, 13 of the master’s graduates, having followed one of the dual programs offered at AGS, also are being awarded a second master’s degree from one of AGS’s partner universities: M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University, European Master in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation from Université Paris Sud 11 (France), or LL.M. in French and European Union Law from Université de Cergy-Pontoise (France).
The Commencement address was given Alan Riding, a writer and journalist who has worked for Reuters, The Financial Times, The Economist and The New York Times, and has reported from the United Nations in New York, Latin America, and Western Europe.
About the American Graduate School in Paris, Riding writes:
The best pitch for AGS has to come from its graduates, those who have been through this enriching—some say life-changing—experience and emerged the better for it. The next best pitch, I suspect, is from someone like me, who did not attend the school, but wishes he had. That is my feeling whenever I attend a graduation ceremony. As a small institution, AGS ensures high academic standards by treating every student as an individual. Based in Paris, it offers access to major international organizations. And, as important, thanks to its cultural and language diversity, the school itself is something of a United Nations. Who doubts that today's world is infinitely complex? Graduates of AGS emerge, both personally and professionally, equipped to address it.