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2005 Graduation

On May 28, 2005 , the Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management (GCPPM) presented its first class of graduates. The Graduation ceremony was held at the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Skopje . Family members, friends, professors, GCPPM students as well as representatives from the Government of the Republic of Macedonia , the United States Embassy and distinguished guests from the public and private sector attended the Ceremony.

The Female Choir “Rustico” opened the ceremony with the Macedonian and American National Anthems, Alma Mater - Anthem of the University of Pittsburgh and the international student hymn “Gaudeamus Igitur”.

Dr. William Dunn, Professor and Director of GCPPM, in this commencement address, emphasized: “This event is an opportunity to share with you the vision and passion that drives our efforts since 1992. Today, same as then, we see the Center as an opportunity to participate in the future of Macedonia , to use the best possible intellectual resource to follow the road to administrative reforms, economic and social development…”

Dr. Carolyn Ban, Dean of the Graduate School for Public and International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh made a special trip to attend the first commencement ceremony in Skopje . She gave the special “Award for Civic Leadership” to Mr. Svetozar Janevski, Member of the Board of the “Pittsburgh Foundation”.

The seventeen graduates of the two programs Masters of Public Policy and Management and Certificate in Public Policy and Management received their diplomas. Dr. David Miller, Co-Director of GCPPM and Associate Dean of GSPIA presented the “Student of the Year” award to Mr. Bekim Ymeri for his academic excellence and outstanding performance during the past two years.

At the reception that followed the students and their guests shared their joy, experiences and confidence that there will be many future experts in the field of public policy and business educated at the GCPPM.

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