On June 24th, Maharishi University of Management awarded 579 academic degrees to a record number of graduates from 55 nations—a more than 1/3 increase from last year.
More than 60% of this year’s graduates received Master of Science in Computer Science degrees, and this total of about 350 may be a new single graduation U.S. record for campus-based, non-online master’s in computer science programs.
Computer Science Department commencement activities occurred over three days:
- Friday: Ice Cream Social, Garden Dinner Party, Awards Ceremony (See photos below)
- Saturday: Graduation Day (See photos below)
- Sunday: Annual Computer Science Picnic (See photos & video below)
1. Friday, June 23rd, graduating students returned from their curricular practical training internships all around the U.S., to an atmosphere of homecoming, since most had been away for two years.
In the afternoon, the first event was an ice cream social with current on-campus students, where our returning students passed on lots of friendly and helpful advice to the current students.
Next, was a garden dinner party where graduates, their guests, and MUM faculty enjoyed catching up with each other while eating a delicious outdoor picnic meal.
The third event on Friday occurred after dinner at our annual Graduation Awards Ceremony, where each department and academic program honored their top graduate(s). This is always an emotional and highly impressive evening of short speeches by faculty and outstanding students.
Because of the large number of MSCS graduates, this year four graduates were given outstanding student awards in our graduate program. Our outstanding students were: Samuel Bacha Heye (Ethiopia), Manoj Shrestha (Nepal), Kashif Shabih (Pakistan), and Achal Jain (India). Congratulations!
See many photos from Friday’s events here.
2. Saturday, June 24th was Graduation Day—starting with graduating student and class photos in the morning at the Argiro Student Center.
Following lunch, the Commencement Ceremony highlighted the 3-days’ festivities.
This year’s Commencement speaker was the Honorable Tim Ryan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio. Congressman Ryan has served in the House of Representatives since 2003, and has taken a national leadership role in improving access to healthcare, promoting ways to make college more affordable, and expanding renewable energy.
He has also raised awareness about the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, and is working to make it accessible to hundreds of thousands of veterans.
See many photos from Graduation Day here.
3. Sunday was the Computer Science Department’s end-of-year picnic at nearby Waterworks Park.
Delicious food was brought in from favorite local restaurants, and all our faculty, staff, graduates, current students, and their families enjoyed friendly, competitive games and outdoor summer recreational activities.
See many photos from the Computer Science picnic here.
***If you haven’t seen the picnic video, be sure to see it here. ***
We wish continued personal and professional success to all our graduates, and look forward to following their careers.