Wrapping Up an Experience that Transforms: Summer Commencement 2012

Wrapping Up an Experience that Transforms: Summer Commencement 2012

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Maha Neouchy
July 30, 2012

TWC welcomed another class of alumni to their family of over 50,000 worldwide during summer 2012 commencement, which took place at the Blinken Auditorium.


Celebrating TWC's 50,000 Alumni


Every semester, TWC's commencement ceremony kicks off with an alumni speech. TWC was pleased to welcome Nancy Jacobson, founder of No Labels, a movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents dedicated to the politics of problem-solving. She graduated from the TWC internship program in 1982 and since then, has worked as a political entrepreneur, advisor, fundraiser and network cultivator.  Throughout her experience, she has gained expertise in a number of different fields, ranging from politics to fundraising and highlighted the qualities that she feels can help any individual succeed in a competitive work environment:


  • Opportunistic Creativity
  • Fortitude
  • Humility
  • Expertise
  • Collaboration
  • A Can Do Spirit




Three students are chosen at the end of each semester to receive an award reflecting each of TWC's three pillars: leadership, professional achievement and civic engagement. This semester, the awardees included:


  • Mahmud Brifkani-The Leadership Pillar Award
  • Alixandra Greenman-The Civic Engagement Pillar Award
  • Nicole Katnik-The Professional Achievement Pillar Award

Student Commencement Speaker


Matthew Baker, Political Leadership Program intern and a student at Delta State University, was nominated by his roommate to deliver this semester's commencement speech. Mr. Baker delivered a witty and humorous speech that left his peers with an important message: figuring out what you don't love is just as important as knowing what you do love. After his transformational experience in Washington, D.C., he can now put his childhood aspirations of "becoming a ninja by day and a power ranger by night" to rest and replace them with his grown up love of politics, which was only reinforced while interning this summer.


The summer 2012 commencement ceremoney concluded with a slideshow of highlights from this past semester and included professional head shots, InternsROCK! and programming photographs. Closing remarks were given by Kevin Nunley, TWC's Senior Director of Academic Programs, Federal Relations and the Office of Internship Site Relations, who reminded students to turn theory into practice, ambition into purpose and potential into achievement.


[View photos of the event on our Flickr channel]

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