25 June 2018

Graduation Ceremony of English-language BA Program Students

June 22nd, MGIMO’s School of Government and International Affairs celebrated the graduation of its second cohort of students. MGIMO Rector Anatoly Torkunov congratulated the students on this special day and handed them their diplomas.

The solemn ceremony was attended by the University’s Vice-Rector for Graduate and International Programs Andrey Baykov, the Vice-Rector for Human Resources Vladimir Morozov, the Vice-Rector for General Affairs Artem Malgin, the Director of School of Government and International Affairs Mikhail Troitsky, the Associate Professor at the Department of Political Theory, also founder of the English-language BA program Yan Vaslavskiy, members of the faculty and relatives of graduates.

The ceremony started with the anthem of MGIMO and a speech by the University’s Rector, who recalled the launch of the first English-language program at MGIMO and thanked the graduates for the part they played in developing it. Anatoly Torkunov noted the growing interest in the program reflected by the impressive increase in the numbers of students enrolling every year and expressed his gratitude to the enthusiastic team responsible for creating and running the program. The Rector wished the students success in their future career.

This year’s graduates are a very international group with representatives of thirteen countries: Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, New Zealand, Pakistan, Russia, Slovakia, the USA, France, Sweden and South Korea. The student Pak Jin Sun from South Korea received a distinction for her exceptional results and was decorated by the Director of MGIMO’s Alumni Association. The students honored the memory of their classmate from the Seychelles, Janelli Antat, who died tragically in 2017.

Christian Wolny, a graduate from Germany who headed the first English-language student club Future World Diplomats gave a speech about his experience moving to Russia to join MGIMO’s English-language program. He thanked the members of the faculty for their contribution to his education and his classmates for their friendship, all the while noting the warm atmosphere that prevailed throughout the Institute.

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