Aristotle once said, “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Following the main commencement ceremony on the Campus Center lawn, graduates and their guests moved to the Campus Center ballroom to receive their diplomas and special awards for outstanding achievement, service to the field, leadership and innovation, and best capstone projects.
According to Dean Ira A. Jackson, “We congratulate these award winners. As they move on to new careers and new challenges, I am sure their excellent training and habits will follow and serve them well. We are so very proud of their accomplishments and so confident of their contributions to society that so greatly needs their talent, passion, and wisdom."
Department of Conflict Resolution, Global Governance, and Human Security Recipients
J. Michael Denney
Ambassador John W. McDonald Award for Leadership and Innovation in Global Governance and Conflict Resolution
Outstanding Achievement in Conflict Resolution
Academic Excellence Award, Conflict Resolution Master’s Program
Richard Barbieri and Deepika Madan
Academic Excellence Awards, Conflict Resolution Certificate Program
Donald Paulson Award for Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution
Outstanding Achievement in International Relations
J. Michael Denney and Alina Sullivan Myers
Outstanding International Relations Capstone Awards
Department of Gerontology
Seungah Lee, PhD
Gerontology Scholarship Award
Kristen Porter, PhD
Gerontology Service Award
Robert Bell and Daphne Bernstein
Management of Aging Services Capstone Awards
Graduate Program in Public Affairs
MSPA Public Service Award
Matthew P. Sullivan Cohort Award
Outstanding Public Affairs Capstone Award
Also, Mary-Louise Ireland, who just completed her first year in the Master of Science Program in Public Affairs (MSPA), earned the Carol Torto Memorial Scholarship. The award was named in honor of the wife of Ray Torto, one of the early leaders at the McCormack Institute, the predecessor to the graduate school by the same name.
Recognition was also given to two doctoral and three master's students who earned book awards at the Graduate Convocation the previous evening.
Despite Significant Hurdles, Johnson Earns PhD, Top Gerontology Prize, and Tenure-Track Faculty Job
Read about Kimberly Johnson, PhD, a visually impaired gerontology student, and all her accomplishments.
Public Policy PhD Student “Burned the Midnight Oil” to Complete Degree in Four Years
Read about Danny Garcia, PhD, who was honored for academic excellence in the public policy program.
McCormack Graduate School Honors Three Top Master’s Students at Recent Convocation
Read about the achievement of our book award recipients:
- international relations student Kyle Emge
- conflict resolution student Tal Lieber
- public affairs student Stacy Randell