2016 COMMENCEMENT the moment many of them were looking forward to when they made the decision to study at CalUMS. Jay Satish Shah, MSCIS graduate and recipient of the Academic Merit Award, thinks of his time as a student and staff at CalUMS: “I learned to respect everyone. It’s nostalgic. It was a once-in-a -lifetime experience that I wanted to achieve. Now it’s time to move forward,” he said. Sunil Kumar Bobba, also from the MSCIS program, could not believe the day of his graduation had finally come: “I’ve seen a lot of movies about these ceremonies and I feel so excited today to see and be part of my own graduation.” He was also thankful for the support CalUMS gives to its students. “If you work hard, you will succeed,” he says. Another standout student, Shourab Munshi, was bursting with pride: “Our university is very good, I will miss it a lot. Our professors are very cooperative and openminded.”
COMMENCEMENT BY THE NUMBERS 18 STUDENTS volunteered as staff for the ceremony. 19 MINUTES was the duration of the speech given by Honorable Guest Speaker David J. McCowin, Ph.D. The shortest speech, by class representative Svetlana Goncharenko, lasted 2 MINUTES & 28 SECONDS. 200 STUDENTS graduated from CalUMS VA. The ceremony lasted 2 HOURS & 45 MINUTES. 43 NATIONS were represented among CalUMS graduates. 1,847 is the capacity of Warner Theatre. 17 FACULTY MEMBERS attended the ceremony.
Families were also present at the Warner Theatre. Excitement and pride were in full display. Some were dressed in formal Western-style clothes, while others wore the traditional formal clothes from their own cultures—like the sari or the cheongsam—to mark the significance of this celebration. Parents, children, spouses, and friends took their seats in the auditorium. The ceremony started. After the opening remarks, the audience fell silent with the powerful a capella rendition of the U.S. Anthem by Anzhelika and Osarelin—weeks of practice came to fruition in the best of ways. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, such as Dr. David Park, CalUMS President and SBU Board Chairman; Dr. Jason Shin, CalUMS Vice President and SBU President; and Dr. John Rosich, chairman of CalUMS Board of Trustees; and Khulan Och, CalUMS Executive Vice President and CalUMS VA Campus Director. Professor David J. McCowin, from Mount Ida College, was the Honorable Guest Speaker. His heartfelt speech was also a wise piece of advice to students for
CALUMS H O N O R STUDENTS 2 0 1 BOARD OF TRUSTEES AWARD JOHN KPENTEY PRESIDENTIAL AWARD CHAITANYA SURAPANENI ACADEMIC MERIT AWARD RAJKUMAR BARKAM JAY SATISH SHAH STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD GIOMAR SILVA
their post-graduation future: to be respectful of others, honor their own roots and to continue to pursue their education. Two beloved CalUMS professors also addressed the audience. Ms. Nikeyta Mullen reminded the soon-to-be graduates that knowledge is power, and to use that power to do great things. Mr. Fernando Seminario congratulated them for powering through the challenges and the success achieved: “This is your day, embrace it. You did it!” Speaking for the students, BSBM representative Svetlana Goncharenko thanked CalUMS for providing her with strong foundations to face the future, and MSCIS student Sharandeep Madamshetty said that life is a journey where they will never stop growing. Jay Satish Shah, class representative and recipient of the Academic Merit Award, thanked his family—who had come all the way from India to attend the Commencement—for supporting the little boy who dreamed of studying for a master’s degree in the U.S. just like his big brother had done. He finished his speech with
Published on Mar 16, 2017
An special issue covering CalUMS 2016 Commencement at the gorgeous Warner Theatre in Washington, DC. A feature interview with Student Adviso...