School of International Service Ceremony
Michelle Bachelet, the first female president of Chile, addressed graduates of the School of International Service after receiving an honorary Doctor of International Affairs.
Bachelet recalled the words of President John F. Kennedy during his 1963 commencement address at American University.
"As President Kennedy said, 'Wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together.' Democracy is a system of freedoms...let us not be afraid of participation, even if it means less power for the state...let us not be afraid to give up power, because in reality, we are not giving it up. We are giving it back."
SIS student Stephanie Bunmi Odarkor Ayeh was presented with the Carlton Savage Award. Robin Koepke was presented with a university student award for outstanding scholarship at the graduate level.
Bachelet summed up the spirit of the day, and the School of International Service, telling graduates, "You have been given the tools. Now is the time to go out and change the world."