The University of Notre Dame’s 2019 Commencement Weekend held special significance for the Keough School of Global Affairs. Nearly two years after opening its doors in 2017, Notre Dame’s first new school in nearly a century celebrated its first graduating class.
In a recognition ceremony on May 18, more than 200 family, friends, faculty, and students gathered in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Decio Theatre to honor the Master of Global Affairs Class of 2019. The class represents 22 different countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
The Keough School also recognized the first graduate of its new undergraduate supplementary major in global affairs. Rose Pupel earned a major in economics and global affairs, studied abroad in Ireland, and earned a minor in Irish studies through the Keough School’s Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies.
In this next stage of your lives, we see ourselves as your friends, colleagues, and partners in this great, lifelong calling to repair the world and to protect the dignity of every person—this is the heart of our mission and vocation.
Scott Appleby, Marilyn Keough Dean of the Keough School, delivered the keynote address at the recognition service.
“On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Keough School, thank you for your patience, your creativity, your stubborn resistance to cynicism, your commitment to cultivating in yourselves the virtue of hope,” Appleby said. “In this next stage of your lives, we see ourselves as your friends, colleagues, and partners in this great, lifelong calling to repair the world and to protect the dignity of every person—this is the heart of our mission and vocation.”
The graduates also were welcomed as the first members of the Keough School’s alumni network by Michael Talbot, associate director of the Master of Global Affairs program.
“With your arrival, The University’s grand venture into the world of global affairs became real. You breathed life into the Keough School,” Talbot said. “Today we celebrate your success and look forward to your future accomplishments. Stay connected to Keough and send us promising young students who want to follow in your footsteps, so that our community continues to grow.”
The Master of Global Affairs, a two-year professional degree, prepares its graduates for skilled, effective leadership and careers in government, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, and the private sector.
The degree program integrates rigorous coursework, close engagement with policymakers, multi-disciplinary faculty and students from around the world, and extended fieldwork opportunities in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Washington, DC.
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!