On May 31, 2014, SIT Graduate Institute hosted its annual commencement ceremony at the campus in Vermont. On the front lawn overlooking the Connecticut River Valley, 64 SIT students participated in the graduation ceremony, together with faculty, staff, and visitors. This commencement was also particularly special in that it celebrated SIT’s 50th anniversary as an institution.
This year, SIT was proud to welcome Dr. Joseph Sebarenzi as the featured commencement speaker. Sebarenzi, a former SIT student and faculty member, spoke about the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and went on to share his life story of fleeing the Rwandan genocide, leaving his family at a young age to obtain an education and dedicating his life and career to promoting human rights.
Sebarenzi encouraged the newest graduates to draw learning from life’s challenges. “While we undergo difficult times, we need to keep on going; trusting along our path that opportunities lie beneath difficulties; that challenges will make us stronger and lead us to where we ought to be.”
New graduate Manato Kaisho of the MA in International Education program represented SIT’s graduating class as the student commencement speaker. SIT also bestowed its first honorary degree to Rosamond “Roz” Delori, the outgoing chair of the World Learning Board of Trustees and parent to three SIT Study Abroad alumni.
Dean Daniel Yalowitz shared his thoughts after the event, stating, “We can take great pride knowing that our graduate institute is flourishing and that our recent class — the 50th anniversary class — will do us proud as well.”
SIT extends many congratulations to its newest cohort of alumni.