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From left to right: Milada Anna Vachudova, Chair of Global Studies; Crystal Yuille, Anne Scaff Award Winner; Ana Dougherty, student speaker; Manuel Nivia, Douglas Eyre Award; Jonathan Hartlyn, Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Curriculum in Global Studies held its Spring 2017 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Memorial Hall. It was a wonderful celebration of more than two hundred students graduating with a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in Global Studies.

The Curriculum alumni, faculty, and staff have much to be proud of this year. Our speakers reflected on some of the wonderful accomplishments of our students on campus and around the globe. Students participated in conferences, pursued internships, led student groups, worked in the community and studied abroad in all four corners of the world. Professor Jonathan Hartlyn, Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs provided opening remarks. Chair Milada Vachudova welcomed students and guests. Read her remarks here.

Ana Dougherty was our student speaker at the ceremony. Inspired by her Global Studies classes and Study Abroad experience, she was motivated to research the construction of Latin American identity during the Argentinian presidential elections. She emphasized that a Global Studies education provided a “locally grounded, socially conscious, compassionate approach” that will help she and her fellow students build a better world.

Manuela Nivia received the prestigious Douglas Eyre Award for Excellence for her senior honors thesis, “Resistance and Resilience: Grassroots Peace Activism in Columbia.” The Eyre Award is presented to the undergraduate judged to have written the best senior honors thesis in Global Studies. Manuela’s thesis was also awarded highest honors. Her faculty supervisor was Professor Gabriela Valdivia in the Department of Geography.

Crystal Yuille received the Anne Scaff Award. This award is presented to a Global Studies senior who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to raising awareness of global issues on our campus and beyond. While at UNC she was involved with the UNC Bonner Leaders Program, the Student Coalition for Action in Literary Education (SCALE), the UNC Center for Social Justice (Campus Y), NC LiteracyCorps (AmeriCorps) and many other programs.