Sean Walker (MPAff-DC '19), Timothy Michalak (MPAff-DC '19), Megan Kruse (MPAff-DC '19), Abby Marcus (MGPS-DC '19),
Cara Pavlak (MPAff-DC '19), Melissa Bellin (MPAff-DC '19) and Salimah Jasani (MPAff-DC '19). Front row: Emily Clark
(MPAff-DC '19), Sara Plasencia (MPAff-DC '19) and Brittney Taylor (MPAff-DC '19). (Photo by Ralph Alswang)
The fourth cohort of students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs DC Concentration graduated on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the LBJ Washington Center. Dean Angela Evans and LBJ Washington Center Interim Director William Shute addressed the intimate ceremony for family and friends.
Lloyd Hand, senior counsel in the government advocacy practice at the law firm of King & Spalding, delivered the keynote speech. Hand, who provides counsel to U.S. Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments and institutional clients, began his career in government in 1957 as assistant to Senate Majority Leader Lyndon B. Johnson. He became U.S. chief of protocol, bearing the rank of ambassador, when Johnson entered the White House.
on Dec. 7. (Photo by Ralph Alswang)
Salimah Jasani was chosen to deliver the LBJ DC Fellow Address, amd talked at length about her classmates. "As I look around today, I’m filled with sincere gratitude for the field that we're going into, and also, with hope for the future — and I think that President Johnson would be too," she said. "My classmates are the essence of humility, sacrifice and dedication. They all have a vision for the world not only as it is today, but also for what it has the potential to be."
This latest class of graduates from the LBJ School heads out into a policy arena that will benefit from their training, experience and commitment, Shute commented. "For some time now there has been a growing anxiety about the future of our nation, perhaps rightfully so," he said. "If this group of LBJ graduates is any indication, the future of our democracy is in good hands."
Angela Evans and Lloyd Hand at the LBJ DC Fellows' graduation
on Dec. 7. (Photo by Ralph Alswang)
In the DC Concentration, the LBJ DC Fellows completed an accelerated program of study and work that required them to spend two consecutive semesters studying in Austin before moving to Washington, DC for two additional consecutive semesters. During their DC sequence, they took classes while at the same time working for 32 hours per week in Policy Apprenticeships at leading public and private policy organizations around the nation's capital.
Congratulations, graduates! We wish you all the luck in the world.
#ICYMI The @LBJSchoolDC celebrated its 4th graduation on Saturday night. It was an honor and a privilege to recognize our extraordinary graduates’ accomplishments and bright futures. Thank you Ambassador Lloyd Hand for serving as speaker. AE pic.twitter.com/t8xAavqOer— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) Dec. 10, 2019
4th cohort from @TheLBJSchool DC Concentration graduated on 12/7. LBJ Dean Evans & Interim Dir @bshute gave remarks. Lloyd Hand @kslaw delivered the keynote speech & Salimah Jasani selected by peers to give LBJ DC Fellow Address.— LBJ Washington Center (@LBJSchoolDC) Dec. 10, 2019
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"My classmates are the essence of humility, sacrifice, and dedication. They all have a vision for the world not only as it is today, but also for what it has the potential to be." - Salimah Jasani, 2019 LBJ DC Student Speaker pic.twitter.com/HSrxJe7P1S— LBJ Washington Center (@LBJSchoolDC) Dec. 7, 2019
"Make plans, but be prepared if the opportunity or challenge appears, to change them." - Advice from Keynote Speaker Ambassador Lloyd Hand to the 2019 graduating class of LBJ DC Fellows pic.twitter.com/9shY5Z5HHy— LBJ Washington Center (@LBJSchoolDC) Dec. 7, 2019
Master of Public Affairs
Policy Apprenticeship: Office of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives