Summer 2013 Commencement Ceremony

Summer 2013 Commencement Ceremony

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Maha Neouchy
August 07, 2013

Commencement is one of the most memorable days for TWC interns during their program in Washington, D.C. Whether celebrating the accomplishments of a professional experience, spending quality time with their fellow interns in the program or reminiscing on their journey centered around the nation's capital, the event helps wrap up the transformational experience of each student.


This year, nearly 500 interns came together at the Residential Academic Facility (RAF) at NoMa to celebrate the end of the summer term. The event began with Kevin McIntyre, spring 1983 alumnus and current Partner at the Washington office of international law firm, Jones Day. Since his Capitol Hill internship with TWC, McIntyre has graduated from San Diego State University and Georgetown University Law Center, has gained 25 years of experience working in the U.S. energy industry and has counseled companies in a variety of industry sectors. He shared words of wisdom and advice with the summer 2013 interns before the ceremony transitioned over to a record number of student speakers and awards.


Student Speakers


For the first time in TWC history, four student speakers were selected to provide closing remarks on behalf of their peers. Coming from all backgrounds and universities, the TWC interns chosen to represent the summer class included:


  1. Joshua Frank, Westfield State University student and Keppler Speakers intern
  2. Clint Gannon, Mississippi University for Women student and Council of State Governments intern
  3. Kevin Davis, University of Central Arkansas student and U.S. Department of Homeland Security intern
  4. Richard "Max" Bullock, University of Alaska Anchorage student and U.S. Small Business Administration intern

Celebrating TWC's Three Pillars


Each semester, three students are selected by faculty, program advisors and civic engagement leaders for their work throughout the semester. Each student is nominated and hand selected by a special committee because they exemplify one of TWC's three pillars: academic and professional achievement, leadership, and civic engagement. This year, the awardees included:


The ceremony ended with a special slideshow of photos submitted by students, celebrating some of their best moments over the summer, followed by cake and socializing on the patio outside.


[View photos of the event on our Flickr channel]

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