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Highlights from the 2014 INI Diploma Ceremony

May 23, 2014

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The Information Networking Institute (INI) honored the Class of 2014 at a diploma ceremony and reception Sunday, May 18. In a ceremony led by INI Director Dena Haritos Tsamitis, the INI awarded diplomas for master's degrees in the areas of information networking, information security, mobility and software management.

The graduates were led in a procession by a bagpiper wearing traditional Scottish garb that acknowledged the heritage of the university's founder, Andrew Carnegie. Their black gowns were trimmed by Carnegie Mellon's Tartan plaid and an orange stripe representing the College of Engineering. Faculty members, dressed in full regalia, also took part in the procession.

"Today, we celebrate 129 graduates from 11 nations: Benin, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States," said Dr. Tsamitis.

She added: "We have students joining the teams of Apple, Cloudera, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nutanix, Oracle, Qualcomm, Riverbed Technology, Sears, Sony, Twitter, Yahoo and many others. Some students will consult for financial institutions, such Bloomberg and Credit Suisse. We have nine graduates who are CyberCorps Scholarship for Service recipients, who will go on to serve our Nation at federal organizations, such as the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, MITRE and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York."

Dr. Tsamitis wished the graduates well and paid respect to the determination they showed by coming to Carnegie Mellon from diverse cultures and enduring various hardships along their journeys to earn their graduate degrees.

"Graduates, keep looking ahead. The hard work you dedicated during your time at the INI will reward you in ways that are too numerous to count in the future," she said.

Presenting a gift to the speakerThe guest speaker was Jesse Schell, founder of Schell Games and a distinguished professor at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, who graduated from the INI in 1994. Jesse described some of the INI's history and shared insight on his own personal decision to earn a master's degree in information networking. He emphasized the importance of the INI's areas of study.

"In the next 20 years we're going to see incredible changes in the nature of computer networking, and you guys are going to be the ones to do it," said Schell. (Watch Schell's talk on the INI's YouTube Channel. Read the transcript.)

Several graduates were recognized with student awards for their exemplary work.  The Outstanding Student Service Award for Teaching Assistant went to a team of students:  Amod Jaltade, Aditya Jaltade, Pratik Shah and Mukul Singh. The Outstanding Student Service Award for Research Assistant went to Douglas Miller. The INI Leadership Award went to Allison Boos. Also, Erye Hernandez was recognized as the recipient of the Executive Women's Forum INI Fellowship.

Diplomas were awarded for the INI's six programs:  the Master of Science in Information Networking, the Master of Science in Information Security Technology and Management, the Kobe Master of Science in Information Technology—Information Security and the three Pittsburgh – Silicon Valley Master of Science in Information Technology programs in Mobility, Information Security and Software Management. The graduates were grouped in their programs and called individually to receive their diplomas.

A reception followed the ceremony, complete with catered refreshments and a jazz trio. Bringing together the graduates with their families, friends, alumni, faculty and staff, over 400 guests were present to celebrate the MS24, the twenty-fourth class of graduates from the INI.

Pictured above:  Dr. Tsamitis presented speaker Jesse Schell with a crystal globe as a thank-you gift.

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