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Students from China, Vietnam Join Alumni Ranks

President Díaz-Herrera speaks to members of the Class of 2013 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The College’s 105th commencement began May 26 in Keuka Park, resumed at four locations in China in mid-June, and concluded June 22 in Hanoi, Vietnam

“There are very few students anywhere in the world today who, like yourselves, will earn separate undergraduate degrees from two great academic institutions, from two different nations, two far apart continents, and in two very different languages,” said President Jorge Díaz-Herrera to graduates of the Keuka China Program (KCP) at Jimei University in Xiamen June 19. 

KCP marked its 10th anniversary in 2013 and prior to Jimei, the president officiated at KCP ceremonies at Keuka’s three other partner universities in China: Tianjin University of Science and Technology, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, and Wenzhou University.

 “Global learning and exploration is a reality and we at Keuka College have had first-hand experience for more than a decade and our offerings are expanding,” said the president. “Keuka is now a global leader in the fields of career development, experiential education, and international business and management.”

The president credited Administrative Chancellor for China Campuses Dr. Michael Hwang for successfully bringing Keuka’s Field Period model to China “with his extensive knowledge and writing in career management.

“He helped us successfully export the experiential learning model to China, which together with career management, offers major benefits to our students in building successful careers, living productive lives, and contributing to society. This has allowed us to become a global leader in experiential learning.”

Some of the 31 students who received Keuka diplomas in Hanoi.

 On June 22, 31 Keuka degree were awarded to 31 gradautes at Vietnam National University in Hanoi. Although one can find many things that separates those who received their degrees by the shore of Keuka Lake and those who did likewise in the capital of Vietnam—such as language and culture— there is one thing that unites them.

You will always be a part of Keuka College’s “extended family of graduates—a network that extends all over the world,” said Díaz-Herrera.

The president urged the graduates to “invent your future—and make sure you have an impact. However, “while moving into the future, remember that your time in the Keuka-Vietnam program is not ending, but continuing in a different form.

 “Use that network but also become an active part of it; we expect to hear of your accomplishments and look forward to your continued involvement with Keuka College,” he added. “You are, for now and always, an important part of the Keuka family, your alma mater.”

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