International Relations Online Celebrates the Graduation of the Inaugural Cohort

Emily Ham, one of the ten graduates, provides the keynote speech

“Conducting my studies online has allowed me to continue serving my country overseas while obtaining a graduate education from one of the top International Relations programs in the world.” – Emily Ham

IR Online is proud to celebrate the graduation of ten students from the inaugural cohort. On Sunday, May 10th, 2015 ten IR Online students graduated. The students were based in countries across the globe including Afghanistan, Belgium, Cambodia, Egypt, and Qatar over the course of the program. Emily Ham, a lieutenant in the US Navy and a graduate of the inaugural cohort, gave the keynote speech at the School of International Service ceremony.

Watch Emily’s speech here:

“For those among you who are skeptical of online education, let me assure you we have shared many of the same experiences [as the on-campus students],” said Ham. During my two years in this program, I have sat through lectures while in fifteen countries. I have read textbooks and written papers while on trains, planes and automobiles. I have even submitted an assignment while on a ferry boat crossing the English Channel.”

Read Emily Ham’s biography here.