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GRC Grads Ready for Life After Miami

A time for reflection and anticipation as Class of 2022 receives Global Readiness Certificates

Student Success Excellence and Expertise Global Connections

GRC Grads Ready for Life After Miami

With faculty, staff, and students looking on, seven graduating seniors were recognized for their achievements as they received the Global Readiness Certificate (GRC)—only the second group of students to earn this honor. It was a time to celebrate, but also a time to reflect on the extraordinary people who made it possible.

This year's graduates included two students from the EHS cohort and five from the FSB cohort.

Alicia at the podium

Alicia Castillo Shrestha, program coordinator for the Global Readiness Certificate, expressed gratitude to the many offices and campus partners who have made an impact on the success of the certificate, extending a special thank you to the faculty liaisons who work with each divisional cohort. "These faculty and administrators dedicate their time and expertise to scholars pursuing the Global Readiness Certificate and we are incredibly grateful for their partnerships in helping students build global skills," she said.

In her remarks to the graduates, Karla Guinigundo, Director of Global Partnerships, Global Initiatives, thanked Shrestha for her dedication and congratulated the students on their accomplishments. "You've really taken the opportunities you have here at Miami, and used them to your full advantage," she said.

Dr. Jim Shiveley, faculty liaison for the College of Education, Health, and Society, recently retired from Miami but shared his parting thoughts with the graduates. He reminded them that the certificate represents a rare and special team accomplishment, not only from the faculty and staff who built the program, but also from the students themselves. "You have honored us with your participation in this program. It is due to you that it has been a success."

Speaking on behalf of the Farmer School of Business, Bill Holmes, director of global business programs, urged students to embrace the unexpected twists and turns of life. He recalled good advice that his parents gave him: work and save and invest as if you plan to retire at 30. At about that time, opportunities will come to you. "Don't wait until you're older to go out and engage with the world," he said.

Meet the Honorees

Navigating a pandemic abroad. Performing volunteer work and internships. Holding leadership roles in student organizations. Co-facilitating intergroup dialogue classes. A pattern of outstanding accomplishments became clear as the audience learned about the seven 2022 GRC recipients, who were about to move on to the world beyond Miami.

Education, Health, and Society Cohort

Faculty Liaison: Dr. James Shiveley

Olivia Casey • Middle Childhood Education
Future plans: teaching English in Thailand for the coming year

Arianna Mack • BS in Public Health and master's in Health Promotion
Future plans: working in health non-profit industry or for the government in global health aid

Farmer School of Business Cohort

Faculty Liaison: Dr. Bryan Ashenbaum

Hannah Beddard • Human Capital Management & Leadership
Future plans: working as an NASM certified personal trainer and continuing studies in nutrition

Alissa Green • Marketing
Future plans: joining MarketVision Research as a Research Assistant

Catherine King • Accountancy
Future plans: joining Ernst and Young, Minneapolis, as a member of their central assurance audit staff

Trey Petrella • Finance, Human Capital Management & Leadership, and Italian Studies
Future plans: working as a People Advisory Services Consultant at Ernst & Young, Boston

Julianna Ritter • Marketing and Fashion
Future plans: joining TK Elevators, Chicago, as a sales representative

Junior Nav Chima delivers the acknowledgments
Juniors Olivia Thomas and Hannah Sroka introduce the graduates
Graduate Julianna Ritter receives her certificate and medallion.
Graduates Catherine King, Trey Petrella, Olivia Casey, Arianna Mack
Graduate Hannah Beddard thanks her faculty & advisors.

Remembering David Shrider

During the event, Shrestha called on current FSB scholar Josh Siegel to share a remembrance of the late Dr. David Shrider, who served as the first faculty liaison for the Farmer School of Business. Siegel offered a tribute to Dr. Shrider's dedication to global business at Miami, urging his students to get out and see the world. "He was funny, down to earth, and incredibly honest," said Siegel.

(View the video: Tribute to Dr. David Shrider)