A record number of international students graduated as members of the class of 2016. Nineteen students, hailing from China, Ecuador and Vietnam, walked across the stage during Commencement on Sunday, May 22, and made history at Centre College.
Stephen Swan, International Student Advisor at Centre, has worked with this group of students since he arrived on campus three years ago, and Swan has remained impressed with their quality and character as a group and as individuals.
“They have not only helped shape my role on campus, but also have helped make this campus the amazingly diverse and vibrant place it is today,” he says. “I never cease to be amazed at the character and tenacity these students have displayed while pursuing their degrees here at Centre.”
Swan has been particularly impressed by the students’ perseverance and determination to succeed in a place so far from home.
“Obtaining a degree at an institution like Centre, in a country and language foreign to them, is no easy task,” says Swan. “I am beyond proud of each and every one of them and look forward to their contributions to the world’s greater good.”
The students had a range of majors including chemistry, economics and finance, mathematics, behavioral neuroscience and art history.
Approximately half of the graduating international students will attend graduate school, at such institutions as the London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institute, Boston University, Columbia University, the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville Dental School. Another half will stay in the United States to work following graduation.
Photo (top): Stephen Swan (pink shirt), International Student Advisor, surrounded by international students from the Centre class of 2016.
by Mary Trollinger
May 25, 2016