Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!

The European Union Center congratulates the first six graduates from its Master of Arts in EU Studies—the first six people to receive such a degree in the United States.

On May 12, EU studies students Bergen Bassett, Adam Heinz, Alexandra Lively, Katie O'Dowd, Lauren Turk, and Erik Vickstrom participated in a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign commencement ceremony. Their degree prepares them for work in areas ranging from government to trade to think tanks.

These students have made the most of their studies: they studied abroad at various European universities in countries like France, Portugal, and Spain; all of them received Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships to support foreign language study; and they produced master's theses and substantial research projects delving deep into issues faced by the European Union. Such experience and knowledge will allow these graduates to pursue successful careers, with constant ongoing support from the European Union Center.

In addition, the EUC congratulates Gabriela Walker, who received her PhD in Educational Policy Organization and Leadership with a graduate minor in EU studies. Gabriela's doctoral thesis is entitled “From the Human Rights-Based Approach to an Ecological Approach on How to Achieve Successful Inclusion in International Disability Education,” and included analysis of EU educational rights provisions for people with disabilities.


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