Peace Studies Class of 2009 Honored


The Kroc Institute recognized Notre Dame’s peace studies class of 2009 during commencement weekend ceremonies for 18 master’s students and 80 undergraduates.

This year’s graduating class of master’s students, honored in a recognition ceremony on May 16, hails from 15 countries ranging from Argentina to Vietnam.

The graduates in the M.A. class of 2009 include:  Kiran Kaur Bains, U.S.A.; Martin Costanzo, Argentina; Eric J. Eggleston, U.S.A.; Christi Faith Freeman, U.S.A.; Kristian Herbolzheimer Flamtermesky, Catalonia; Dareen Khattab, Palestine; Viktor Yanislavov Kotsev, Bulgaria; Aleksandra Kuznetsova, Russia; Hyun Jin Deborah Kwak, South Korea; Dan Sinh Nguyen Vo, Vietnam; Ketevan Nozadze, Georgia; Mihaela Racovita, Romania; Ayesha Saeed, Pakistan; Christina J. Shaheen, U.S.A.; Sophat Soeung, Cambodia; Senait Woldu Tesfamichael, Eritrea; Samuel G. Toe, Liberia; Delgerjargal Uvsh, Mongolia.

A record year

Kroc’s undergraduate class was its largest to date, with 45 graduating peace studies majors and 34 minors. (For the first time, the undergraduate ceremony, held on May 15, had to be moved from the Hesburgh Center to a larger venue.) Among the undergraduates was Notre Dame valedictorian Brennan Bollman, a peace studies minor and a recipient of the Kroc Institute’s Yarrow Award.

At the master's and undergraduate ceremonies, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame and founder of the Kroc Institute, presented each student with a certificate of recognition.

Contact: Renée LaReau, (574) 631-5098,