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U.S. Programs Graduation

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(r.) Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma, with students from Oklahoma at graduation.
(r.) Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma, with students from Oklahoma at graduation.

On Friday, July 31, over 400 students graduated from the U.S. Institutes. Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma, gave the keynote address, while students from each of the 4 institutes gave testimonials about their summer with TFAS.

Read the full student testimonials here.

Every year after the graduation ceremony, each Institute hosts a smaller breakout session to distribute certificates to students. During the breakout sessions, each program also honors outstanding students who were nominated by staff and faculty to receive an Institute award. These students were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and success in other components of the Institute.

ICPES Awards
Dr. George Viksnins Economics Award: Daniel Severson, Bard College
ICPES Outstanding Participant: Ryan Knapp, Boston College

IPJ Communications Award winners (l.) Nicholas Peterson and (r.) Kelly Smith with program director Joe Starrs.
IPJ Communications Award winners (l.) Nicholas Peterson and (r.) Kelly Smith with program director Joe Starrs.

IPJ Awards
Academic Excellence: Jessie Chiang, Georgetown University
Frank Shakespeare Award for Broadcasting: Learned Foote, Columbia University
John Chamberlain Award for Print Reporting: Jenny Maas, New York University
Communications Award: Kelly Smith, Indiana University and Nicholas Peterson, Utah State University
IPJ Outstanding Participant: Peter Cui, Peking University

IBGA Award
George Peabody Award: Michael Neagoe, University of Southern California

IPVS Awards
Academic Excellence: Anna Whitmey, University of Southern California
Academic Excellence: Brittany Koteles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IPVS Outstanding Participant: Joshua Arkulary, Northern State University

To catch a glimpse of the 2009 summer, view the program slideshow.

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