Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement
Pardee RAND encourages alumni to come back and celebrate the newest members of the academy and to reconnect with old friends. The next biennial Pardee RAND Commencement Ceremony will be Saturday, June 21, 2014; on Friday evening, June 20, we will host a dinner for graduating students and Pardee RAND alumni. We hope to see you there!
Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement Weekend
June 20-21, 2014
We kick off the weekend's events on Friday, June 20, at 4 p.m. with a welcome reception, followed at 5 p.m. by a
Featuring . . .
- Charles Beck, Chief of Los Angeles Police Department (honorary degree recipient)
- Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (RAND alumna and honorary degree recipient)
- Angela Hawken, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University (Pardee RAND alumna, cohort '98)
A celebration dinner will follow the panel discussion, and will include the announcement of the second biennial Alumni Leadership Award.
The Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon in the courtyard of RAND's Santa Monica headquarters campus. Senator Elizabeth Dole will deliver the commencement keynote address and will receive an honorary degree, along with Charles Beck, Joan Petersilia, and RAND alumnus and Nobel Laureate Lloyd Shapley.
A special lunch will be held following the ceremony on the third floor patio for graduates and their friends and families. All alumni are invited to join.
How to Attend
Events are open to the Pardee RAND community by invitation only (invitations mailed in late March) and will be held at RAND's headquarters in Santa Monica.
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.