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!

2014 Commencement

Commencement speaker Elizabeth Dole

Sen. Elizabeth Dole will be the 2014
Pardee RAND Commencement speaker

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

Policy Dialogue

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)

Celebratory Dinner

A celebration dinner will follow the panel discussion, and will include the announcement of the second biennial Alumni Leadership Award.

Commencement Ceremony

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.

Graduates' Lunch

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.

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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