On Thursday, May 12, the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, held a special ceremony for the more than 100 individuals who received graduate Certificates in Nonprofit Management, Homeland Security, or Advanced International Affairs. Twenty-five certificate awardees, from states as far away as Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, and Florida, were in attendance. Certificate completers included forty-one students in the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs program, eighteen in the Certificate in Homeland Security program, and forty-three in the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program.
“Earning the graduate certificate is quite an accomplishment, given the depth, breadth, and challenge of the studies,” said Lisa Brown, director of the Office of Extended Education at the Bush School. “The accomplishment is even more impressive considering many students completed the requirements while balancing the multiple demands of work, family, volunteer commitments, professional organizations, and public service.”
The ceremony included remarks from Ryan Crocker, dean of the Bush School, who commended the certificate recipients on their hard work and dedication to public service. Following the event, several attendees posed for a picture in the replica of the Oval Office in the George Bush Library.
In order to meet the requirements for the graduate certificate, students had to complete four to five rigorous graduate courses. These courses are taught by thirty-one faculty who teach online courses and forty-five full-time, on-campus faculty. The online certificate and degree offerings from the Bush School continue to grow with the announcement last year of an online Executive Master of Public Service and Administration degree beginning this summer.
“These students all exemplify the outcome and the success of the Bush School’s mission to educate principled leaders for public service and international affairs,” said Dean Crocker. “Our certificate students embody this intense commitment to public service and dedication to being leaders of integrity and leaders of high principle.”[Return to homepage]