INI Graduates Receive Diplomas

May 20, 2013

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The INI celebrated 114 graduates on Sunday, May 19, with a diploma ceremony at Rodef Shalom on Fifth Avenue in Oakland, Pittsburgh. More than 250 family members and friends joined the festivities as the graduates entered in procession behind a traditional Carnegie Mellon bagpiper walked across the stage to receive their well-earned diplomas.

The Class of 2013 marked the twenty-third class from the INI, also known as the MS23. The class was made up of 114 graduates from 14 different nations:  Albania, China, Costa Rica, France, India, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. Twenty-five percent of the graduates were women.

INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis welcomed the guests and presided over the ceremony. She thanked the numerous individuals involved in providing support to the graduating students, including parents, staff, faculty, sponsors and the dean of the College of Engineering.

"As you grow in your career, you will see that the emotional strength that you and your colleagues gain from your homes and your families is a valuable asset to your professional lives. I would also like to challenge you to apply your best work to your personal life," she advised the graduates.

Anish Bhimani, an INI alumnus from the Class of 1992, gave the keynote address. He is the chief information risk officer of JPMorgan Chase and was recently named Information Security Executive of the decade for North America by Tech Exec Networks. He provided the grads with a list of career advice "he wished he had known" when he was in their shoes.

All weekend the campus was filled with revelry and emotional farewells as Carnegie Mellon University celebrated the more than 4,200 members of the Class of 2013. Graduates received their diplomas at individual ceremonies hosted by the departments on either Saturday or Sunday. President Jared L. Cohon addressed the graduates at a university-wide Commencement Ceremony on Sunday morning, and CMU alumnus Aron Ralston also gave a keynote address. It marked his sixteenth and final commencement ceremony at CMU, as he will step down on June 30.