Congratulations, Peace Studies Classes of 2013

Author: Kristi Flaherty

During commencement weekend at the University of Notre Dame, the Kroc Institute honored graduates of the undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. programs in peace studies.  

At a May 17 ceremony that included Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame and founder of the Kroc Institute, the Kroc Institute honored 39 undergraduates who majored or minored in peace studies. Graduating senior Olivia Lee, who was honored with the Kroc Institute’s Yarrow Award, addressed the graduates and their families and friends, as did Kroc Institute director Scott Appleby; Hesburgh Chair and undergraduate director George A. Lopez; and Kroc alumni director Anne Hayner. 

The undergraduate peace studies class of 2013 includes:

Victoria Anglin (political science); Patrick Angulo (political science); Breck Ashdown (American Studies); Natalie Baumann (pre-professional studies); Anna Boarini (political science–Saint Mary’s College); August Bossu (political science); Kevin Casey (political science); Rachel Chisausky (biochemistry); Laura Cola (political science); James Conti (physics in medicine); Caitlin Desmond (accountancy); Maria Fernandez (political science); Kurt Fisher (finance); Eleanor Hilling (sociology); Athena Hughes (English); Alyce Kanabrocki (environmental sciences); Kourtney Keck (sociology); Meredith Kugar (biological sciences ); Olivia Lee (American Studies); Helen Luppi (accountancy); Melissa Maggart (economics); Ana Marcos Ortega (finance); Abigail McCrary (anthropology); Samuel Mitchell (Arabic); Kathleen Monahan (history); Cara O'Connor-Combee (economics-Saint Mary’s College); Brianna Piper (psychology); Dillon Powers (political science); Suzanna Pratt (anthropology); Colleen Reidy (anthropology); Irene Rho (English); Andrew Rosenburg (accountancy); Alexa Solazzo (sociology); Justin Tabit (psychology); Sarah Thompson (finance); Christina Wiech (American Studies ); Robert Williams III (pre-professional studies); Jianchun Zeng (physics).

At a May 18 ceremony, the Kroc Institute also honored 19 master's in international peace studies graduates from 14 countries. Kroc Institute director Scott Appleby; master's program director Susan St. Ville; Kroc professor Gerard F. Powers, and Kroc alumni director Anne Hayner addressed the students and their family and friends.

The master's class of 2013 in international peace studies includes:

Alouat Hamoudi Abdelfatah (Algeria); Nancy Abwola (Uganda); Karla Alvarez (USA); Shubham Amatya (Nepal); Daniel Kofi Banini (Ghana); Daniya Baisubanova (Kyrgyzstan); Julie Bodnar (USA); Rachel Fairhurst (New Zealand); Maria Gavrilova (Russia); James Hallowell (Sierra Leone); Diane Janzen (Canada); Wisam Khaleefah (Iraq); Daniel Moya (Colombia); Samuel Nichols (USA); Mina Rizk (Egypt); Engy Said (Egypt); Tamara Shaya (USA); Jessica Shewan (USA); Lidet Tadesse Shiferaw (Ethiopia).

The peace studies class of 2013 also includes the first graduate of the Kroc Institute’s doctoral program. Laura Taylor, who earned a doctoral degree in psychology and peace studies, has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of conflict and peace studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Alex Dukalskis (political science and peace studies) will earn his degree in August 2013.

The undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral graduates join a network of more than 1,200 peace studies alumni working in nearly 100 countries around the world.

Congratulations to all! We can't wait to see how you will change your professions and the world.