Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement

Pardee RAND is pleased to announce our next Commencement Weekend, Thursday, June 16, through Saturday, June 18, 2016, will include a Commencement speech by Congressman John Lewis.

Commencement Speaker

President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Congressman John Lewis in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, February 15, 2011

Photo by Lawrence Jackson/public domain

President Barack Obama awards the 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Congressman John Lewis in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, February 15, 2011

John Robert Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing civil liberties, and building what he calls "The Beloved Community" in America. His dedication to the highest ethical standards and moral principles has won him the admiration of many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the United States Congress. He has been called "the conscience of the U.S. Congress," and Roll Call magazine has said, "John Lewis ... is a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands widespread respect in the chamber."

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, from 1963 to 1966, Lewis was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which he helped form. At the age of 23, he was an architect of and a keynote speaker at the historic March on Washington in August 1963. In 1981, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council. He was elected to Congress in November 1986 and has served as U.S. Representative of Georgia's Fifth Congressional District since then. John Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Schedule of Events

As we have done in recent years, we will organize an alumni-student networking mixer on Thursday night.

On Friday will will have a reception and panel discussion, followed by a celebratory dinner for graduating students and Pardee RAND alumni. At the dinner, we will be presenting our third biennial Alumni Leadership Award.

On Saturday, attendees can look forward to a beautiful ceremony and inspiring talks, not least by Congressman Lewis, followed by a festive luncheon.

Join Us

At the 2014 Commencement Weekend, we had more than 50 alumni attend. We look forward to the opportunity to bring even more current and new alumni together in what has become a memorable tradition at the School.

Save the date, book your tickets, and check back in the months to come to learn even more about our Commencement Weekend plans!