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GMAP Class of 2017 Graduates in Intimate Ceremony

GMAP graduates celebrate with Dean Stavridis.

“You are one person. But you came to Fletcher and now you are part of something much larger.  An intellectual committed family, in a sense, a family devoted to seeking change,” former Newsweek Middle East Editor and current Edward Murrow Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Janine di Giovanni (GMAP16), told GMAP students at their graduation ceremony on July 22. 

During her address, di Giovanni reflected on her Fletcher experience and advised students to always be bold while following their passions. “Leaving Fletcher, in many ways, means you are also committed to action. Being part of this elite club means you also have a responsibility – not just to yourself, but to the world. You have been given something rare and beautiful. Go out and use it to make something happen,” di Giovanni encouraged graduates.

Professor Eileen Babbitt and GMAP graduation speaker Janine di Giovanni (GMAP16).

Thirty-five students walked in the ceremony after completing a series of three academic terms over the past 12 months. Targeted to mid- and senior-level professionals working in public, private, multilateral or nongovernmental organizations, Fletcher’s GMAP offers a unique hybrid structured program that combines three two-week residencies (two at Fletcher, one in an international location) with internet-mediated instruction. This year’s class completed a two-week international residency in Malta in January.

The program’s flexibility gives professionals the opportunity to pursue their master’s degree while continuing to work full time, and class speaker Paloma Serra Robles said this makes a big difference: “I appreciated the fact that GMAP provides an opportunity for people with demanding jobs, diverse backgrounds and dynamic agendas to get together and develop our best selves so we can make a powerful impact on each other and society.”

With another successful GMAP year complete, founding Director of GMAP and Senior Associate Dean, Deborah Winslow Nutter, reflected on how the program encapsulates the transformative Fletcher experience: “It is both a pleasure and an honor to be part of this program, which has graduated over 1000 students, including over 70 ambassadors, dozens of ministers of state, and many high-level business people, NGO and UN officials.”

At the ceremony, Dean Nutter honored alumnus and Fletcher Board of Advisors member Fred Pakis (GMAP04) for his outstanding contributions to GMAP through his Pakis Scholars fund. Di Giovanni herself received a Pakis scholarship while at Fletcher. “Fred Pakis has made it possible to bring people like Janine into this closely linked and powerful Fletcher community,” Dean Nutter said.

Current GMAP student Yuki Hasegawa ‘17 was a recipient of the Pakis Scholars fund as well, and feels very fortunate for the opportunity to study at Fletcher: “I have recommended this program to my friends and colleagues in Japan and abroad, because through the program, I realized that it is not only useful for gaining wider and deeper knowledge and perspective, but we, as experienced individuals from various countries and backgrounds, can also contribute to enhancing and enriching GMAP.”