Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement

Every two years, Pardee RAND encourages alumni to come back, celebrate the newest members of the academy, and reconnect with old friends. The most recent biennial Pardee RAND Commencement Ceremony was June 21, 2014; on the Friday evening prior, we hosted a dinner for graduating students and Pardee RAND alumni. We look forward to seeing you at the next Commencement Weekend in 2016!

2014 Commencement

Commencement 2014

RAND Photography/Diane Baldwin

Standing, left to right: Kimberly Hale, Russell Lundberg, Daniel Waxman, Christopher Lau, Kay Sullivan Faith, David Johnson, Xiao Wang, Eileen Hlavka Steven Isley, Stephanie Chan, Benjamin Bryant, Ruopeng An, Christopher McLaren, Caroline Tassot, Haralambos "Bobby" Theologis, Alessandro Malchiodi, Jesse Sussell, Sarah Kups. Seated, left to right: Matt Hoover, Helen Wu, Amber Didier, Jeremy Didier, L.A. Police chief Charles Beck (hon. degree recipient), Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (hon. degree recipient), RAND president Michael Rich, RAND alumna Joan Petersilia (hon. degree recipient), Tewodaj Megistu, Lisa Klautzer Jim Burgdorf. Not pictured: Jack Clift, Scott Hiromoto, Seo Yeon Hong, John Langley, and Kevin O’Neill.

We kicked off the weekend's events on Friday, June 20, with a welcome reception, followed by a Policy Dialogue featuring

  • Charles Beck, Chief of Los Angeles Police Department
  • Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (RAND alumna)
  • Angela Hawken, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University (Pardee RAND alumna, cohort '98)

A Celebratory Dinner followed the panel discussion, and included the presentation of the second biennial Alumni Leadership Award to David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort '77).

The Commencement Ceremony was held on Saturday, June 21, in the courtyard of RAND's Santa Monica headquarters campus. Senator Elizabeth Dole delivered the commencement keynote address and received an honorary degree, along with Charles Beck, Joan Petersilia, and RAND alumnus and Nobel Laureate Lloyd Shapley.

A Graduates' Lunch was held following the ceremony on the third floor patio for graduates and their friends and families.

2014 Commencement Weekend Participants and Honorees

Charles “Charlie” Beck (policy dialogue panelist and honorary degree recipient) is a Long Beach native who became Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, the nation’s third largest, in 2009. After earning his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Long Beach, he served in LAPD’s reserves before joining the force in 1977. He then rose through the departmental ranks, serving in policing posts with increasing responsibilities across the sprawling metropolis. He is credited with his sweeping changes in investigational approaches as Chief of Detectives and in reforming the scandal-plagued Rampart division. He is known for forging traditional policing, community outreach and tempering the hopes and desires of many and diverse constituencies to reduce crime. LAPD’s top leaders, including Beck, have been outspoken about the need for police to understand and adopt appropriate scholarly research to boost crime-fighting, applying for example, the path-breaking ideas of the late James Q. Wilson, the longtime RAND trustee and member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Elizabeth Dole (commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient), a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School, served as Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labor under George H.W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross. She then served as North Carolina's first female Senator from 2003 to 2009. Dole is also head of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, whose mission is to uplift American military caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation, evidence-based research, and collaboration.

Angela Hawken (policy dialogue panelist) is Associate Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. Her research interests are primarily in drugs, crime, and corruption. Hawken conducted the statewide cost-benefit analysis of California's Proposition 36, and led the randomized controlled trial of Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a swift-and-certain-sanctions model to manage high-risk probationers. Hawken consults regularly for the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State. She holds a Ph.D. from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Joan Petersilia (policy dialogue panelist and honorary degree recipient), the Adele H. Sweet Professor of Law and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, has spent more than three decades studying criminal justice agencies’ performance. The author of 11 books about crime and public policy, she has been instrumental in affecting sentencing and corrections reform in California and the nation. She earned her bachelor’s at Loyola Marymount University, her master’s at Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in criminology at the University of California, Irvine. She directed RAND’s Criminal Justice Program and oversaw its Drug Research Center before becoming a Corporate Fellow. After working on criminal rehabilitation issues with the administration of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, she taught at UCI and founded its Center for Evidence-Based Corrections.

Lloyd Shapley (honorary degree recipient), professor emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, is a Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he was an undergraduate at Harvard when drafted into the military in 1943. While with the U.S. Army Air Corps deployed in China, Shapley broke a Soviet weather code, for which he earned a Bronze Star. He returned to earn his bachelor’s degree at Harvard, spent a year at RAND, then earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University, before finally circling back west for what would be a 27-year career with RAND. His early work introduced the Shapley value and the core solution in game theory. During his career at RAND, he was at the forefront of nearly every aspect of game theory, including matrix games, stochastic games, market games, matching games, voting games & power indices, potential games, oceanic games, and so on. Shapley, praised by Robert Aumann (co-recipient of the 2005 Nobel economics prize) as “the greatest game theorist of all time,” shared the 2012 economics Nobel with Alvin E. Roth for their game-theory based work on "the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design."

Special Tributes to Charles Wolf, Jr., and Andrew W. Marshall

Charles Wolf, Jr., is senior economic adviser and holds the distinguished corporate chair in international economics at RAND. He is a Professor of Policy Analysis in the Pardee RAND Graduate School. From 1967 until June 1981, he was head of RAND’s Economics Department, and thereafter was director of RAND research in international economics. He was the founding dean of the RAND Graduate School in 1970, and served in that capacity from 1970 to 1997. Wolf is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and was a director of Capital Income Builder Fund, Inc. and Capital World Growth and Income Fund, Inc. from 1986 through 2010. His path-breaking analyses of the post-war, booming Asian economies – especially the rise of Japan’s economic might – has won praise for its clarity, balance, and insight; the Japanese government has awarded him its highest honor for an academic, saying he and his research helped to promote a maturation of the U.S.-Japan relationship.

Andrew W. Marshall has served for over four decades as Director of the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, which he founded in 1973. The Office of Net Assessment provides the Secretary of Defense with assessments of the military balance in major geographic theaters, with an emphasis on long-term trends, asymmetries, and opportunities to improve the future U.S. position in the continuing military-economic-political competition. In 1949, after studying economics at the University of Chicago, Marshall began his twenty-three year tenure at RAND, where he conducted research on nuclear targeting, strategic warning, strategies for long-term U.S.-Soviet political-military competition, the application of organizational behavior theory to military analysis, the development of strategic planning concepts, and Monte Carlo simulation methods. In 1969, Henry Kissinger asked Marshall to conduct two studies on intelligence and later in late 1971 asked him to join t he National Security Council staff. Marshall monitored the implementation of the intelligence community's November 1971 reorganization and also established and directed an NSC Net Assessment Group. Marshall founded the Office of Net Assessment in the Department of Defense in October 1973, and in its early years directed lessons-learned analyses of the 1973 Arab-Israeli and Falklands Wars, directed the nuclear targeting policy review with Walter Slocombe, and served as Chairman on a number of working groups on strategy and the future security environment. Marshall identified and initiated major research on the Soviet Union and its military, the Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA), and Asia as a region of strategic competition, among many other subjects. He has served as a mentor to generations of researchers and policy influencers.

Previous Years

2012 Commencement

Today's public policymakers have a unique opportunity to shape the future, but only if they focus on putting ideas into action and "get stuff done," said Robert B. Zoellick, the 11th president of the World Bank Group, at the Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement on June 23, 2012.

Also offering their advice and congratulations during Commencement Weekend were Alumni Mark Albrect, winner of the inaugural Alumni Leadership Award; Graduate Elizabeth Brown, who presented the graduate address; Michael Rich, president and CEO of RAND; and Dean Susan L. Marquis.

The weekend's events kicked off on Friday afternoon with a Policy Panel featuring Zoellick, former RAND president and CEO James Thomson, and RAND trustee and Stanford professor Francis Fukuyama, all of whom received honorary degrees the next day. Marquis moderated the panel discussion.

A celebration dinner followed the panel discussion, where Albrecht received his award and presented his remarks.

At the Commencement ceremony on Saturday morning, Zoellick delivered the commencement address and Brown delivered the student address. Additionally, PRGS unveiled its official academic regalia at the commencement, with Marquis, Assistant Dean Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), and RAND President and CEO Michael Rich wearing the PRGS robes.

2012 PRGS Graduates

Our 2012 graduates include Richard Bowman, Elizabeth Brown, Myles Collins, Claudia Diaz, Diana Dunham-Scott, John Fei,
Adam Gailey, Sarah Gaillot, Kenneth Grosselin, Jianhui Hu, Alexis Huynh, Florencia Jaureguiberry, Ryan Keefe, Aaron Martin,
Carl Matthies, Benjamin Mundell, Sean O'Neill, Jordan Ostwald, Sarah Outcault, K. Kartika Palar, Chung Pham,
Brooke Stearns Lawson, Jeffery Tanner, and Brian Weatherford. (Not pictured: Brandon Dues, Thomas Edison, Emre Erkut,
Eric Jesse, Ki-Tae Park, David Schulker, Yuyan Shi, Farrukh Suvankulov, and Zhen Wang.)

2010 Commencement

Pardee RAND Graduate School 2010 Commencement — Jun. 17, 2010

PRGS Commencement 2010 – click for larger image

On June 12, 2010, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the commencement address, culminating the 40th anniversary celebration of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During his address, Mullen congratulated the graduates, encouraging them to use their education to lead the changes of the future. A total of 33 doctoral degrees and 30 master's degrees were awarded during the ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 people.

2008 Commencement

Francis Fukuyama delivers PRGS commencement address — Jun. 21, 2008

Dr. Fukuyama wearing PRGS commencement robes

Fukuyama was the featured speaker at the Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement ceremony. In his speech, "Is the United States Ready for a Post-American World?" Fukuyama noted that the world has changed dramatically since the Cold War and the post-Cold War era, and that U.S. foreign policy must move beyond a reliance on military strength alone.

2006 Commencement

Former Swedish PM Addresses PRGS at Commencement — Jun. 24, 2006

Commencement speaker Carl Bildt, a diplomat and former prime minister of Sweden, told graduates at the PRGS Commencement ceremony yesterday that his experience working in Bosnia and elsewhere has shown that building stable states in troubled parts of the world requires more resources and more time than most people believe.

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