Completing the Transformation: Spring 2015 Commencement

Completing the Transformation: Spring 2015 Commencement

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Christian Holm
May 05, 2015

The Washington Center’s spring Class of 2015 prepared to take the next step in their careers during a Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 1.

 

Before symbolically completing their academic internship programs, students listened to remarks by 2004 TWC alumnus Michael Long, a senior advisor to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

 

Long, who has worked for Pelosi since she was named Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007, credited his success as a top Capitol Hill aide to being flexible enough to taking advantage of opportunities as they arise. Long was just a first year staffer in Pelosi’s office when he was called up to work with at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, which Pelosi chaired. That experience proved to be a launching pad for his political career, and he hasn’t looked back since.

 

“You can develop the tools for being successful, but none of that means anything unless you secure a future for yourself,” Long said. “You do that by helping others, being a resource and developing meaningful relationships throughout your life.”

 

After Long’s remarks, TWC Managing Director Kevin Nunley recognized several students for their achievements during the semester with the following awards:

 

Academic Excellence – Delvakio Brown (Institution: Tennessee State University; Internship: Double R Productions)

Civic Engagement – Danielle Ware (Institution: Guilford College, N.C.; Internship: Offender Aid and Restoration)

Emerging Leadership – Misato Oi (Institution: Kyoto University, Japan; Internship: STEMconnector)

Global Citizenship – Dalmiry Puello (Institution: The College of New Jersey; Internship: Institute of World Politics)

Innovation – Mima Lozano (Institution: Gobierno del Estado de Guanajuato, Mexico; Internship: CentroNia)

Professional Growth – Laurie Collins (Institution: University of Regina, Canada; Internship: Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies)

 

Lozano also served as the class’ student speaker. In speaking about her TWC experience, she shared how overcoming fear is a challenging but necessary step in personal and professional development.

 

“We have all overcome a lot of different fears this semester, and we’re better for it,” she said. “You have to ask yourself, how many things will you not do in life because you’re too scared to try?”

 

As has become recent custom at TWC, Commencement ended with a demonstration of students’ musical talents. Bianca Lugo, Eva Tung, Elisa Chang, Xiao Li and TWC staffer Amanda McConnell performed their version of “Cups”,  an a cappella take on a traditional folk song made famous in the film “Pitch Perfect”.

 

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