Soka University of America's Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony was held on Friday, May 22, 2015.
The Commencement Guide below was put together to help students and parents prepare for the big day and contains the activities that will be held during that week. The pdf below provides the content of the Guide.
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This year's Commencement Speaker was Jody Williams, who received a shared Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, will be SUA’s Commencement Speaker.
Jody Williams was the third US woman to receive the Peace Prize. She chairs the Nobel Women's Initiative, which works to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality.
Beginning in early 1992, with two non-governmental organizations and a staff of one, Jody Williams oversaw the International Campaign to Ban Landmines 's growth to over 1,300 organizations in 95 countries. She also served as strategist and spokesperson as the Campaign achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines in 1997.
Williams holds the Sam and Cele Keeper Endowed Professorship in Peace and Social Justice at the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston where she has been teaching since 2003. In academic year 2012-2013, she became the inaugural Jane Addams Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Social Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her memoir, My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, was published in 2013.
For anyone who missed or would like to relive Class of 2015's Commencement Ceremony, including Jody Williams' Commencement Speech, the LiveStream Video is now available for a limited period of time: