The School of Public Policy celebrates this 2018 Commencement!

August 13, 2018

Central European University’s 27th graduation ceremony took place at MUPA, the Budapest Palace of Arts, on the 22nd of June 2018. The event was a celebratory chapter for all CEU students to conclude the 2017/2018 academic year. For the School of Public Policy we congratulate all the graduates of the Master’s in Public Administration, Public Policy and Public Policy Erasmus Mundus Master’s Program, an ensemble of students coming from the US to India, from Georgia to Germany, to make up a total of 33 countries. 

Special tribute to the bearers of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards based on their course work performance. 

From left to right: Simon Trlifaj (Public Administration MPA 2-year), Emily Norton (Public Policy 1-year MA), Martin Kahanec (Head of the SPP), Balazs Dezsenyi (Public Administration MPA 2-year) and Johannes Kroehnert (Public Policy Erasmus Mundus 1st year MA).

This day also saw  the celebration of Gorana Misic, Agatha Siwale, Magdalena Ulceluse, and Leyla Safta-Zecheria who defended their PhDs in the "Public Policy" track of the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. “One might think that the ceremony itself is just another formality. Well, it’s a nice formality, a celebration of accomplishment – and a great closure of one’s period in life: It’s been intense, it’s been tough, but also enriching and fulfilling, both intellectually and personally” said Gorana Misic.

Doctoral students of the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations celebrate their PhDs by throwing their caps in the air. In the back, from Left to Right, Leyla Safta-Zecheria (SPP), Margaryta Rymarenko Daniel Iszak (IR) Agatha Siwale (SPP), Asli Karaca (CP) and Gorana Misic (SPP). Magdalena Ulceluse (SPP), who also graduated this academic year, is not in the picture. 

The graduation ceremony started with the welcoming address of Rector Michael Ignatieff who reminded the entire CEU community of the importance of Open Society for the future, and its significance for the entire  world. A message that was reiterated throughout the ceremony with the conferral of the annual Open Society Price, this year given to the economist Janos Kornai.

"Evidence- and rights-based policy making is a cornerstone of democratic governance, but it itself depends on democracy and academic freedom, as well as motivated people empowered to make positive changes. 

Congratulations to the new generation of SPP graduates, and best wishes with their future endeavors as leaders of positive change around the globe!” 

Martin Kahanec, Head of the School of Public Policy