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Welcome to an Amazing Fall 2017 Semester!

A warm welcome from the entire ACG Community to all new and returning students!

May this new academic year fill each and every one of you with inspiration, knowledge, and creativity!

The Fall Semester 2017-18 Orientation Day, held on Tuesday, September 12, was a wonderful celebration with live music, good food, in an excited, happy atmosphere! Once again the campus was filled with groups of new students touring their new academic home, joining together to mark the beginning of this new chapter in life.

Wishing you success in your academic career!

 

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Dr. Horner on the Philosophy of Deree and the Multitude of Opportunities Offered

Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece (ACG), recently spoke to Protothema.gr about education and employment, as well as opportunities offered at Deree, such as the Parallel Studies and SNF Scholarship programs, and the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” initiative.


Which is the educational philosophy that governs Deree – The American College of Greece?

Deree’s core educational philosophy is built on the American liberal arts tradition, which emphasizes the development of students’ lifelong capacities (e.g. the ability to think critically; to express one’s thoughts clearly and persuasively – orally, in writing, using various media; to work effectively with others; to be a continuous learner). These capacities are developed both through academic study (especially in the humanities, the arts, the natural and social sciences) and experiences outside the classroom (e.g. athletics; academic clubs and societies; student government; residence life; service learning; internships/apprenticeships; study abroad). The combination of all these elements comprise what we refer to as the “total student experience”. Deree specializes in delivering this “experience”, but doing so requires extensive resources, especially full-time faculty and staff and campus facilities, which Deree uniquely possesses in Greece. Complementing this educational philosophy is the College’s governance philosophy, based on our historic non-profit character and mission.

How has the Parallel Studies Program at Deree evolved to this day? What does it offer to the young people who choose to combine their studies?

For several decades, students from Greek public universities have supplemented their studies by taking courses or full degrees at Deree. Over the past five years, we have formalized and developed a more extensive “Parallel Studies Program”, including 40 “Certificate Minors” – specialized five-course sequences designed to complement an area of study from the Greek public university. Popular combinations are law or engineering in the Greek university and finance or management at Deree; we also see students choosing creative options such as medicine at the Greek university and visual arts or art history at Deree. “Parallel Studies” students improve their English-speaking skills (all Deree classes are taught in English and we enroll hundreds of native English speaking students), and many take advantage of options such as international internships and study abroad at outstanding universities such as Cornell, Emory and Stanford. All of this enhances substantially a student’s attractiveness to potential employers in addition to the intrinsic value of the educational experiences. Most recently, we have added the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholarship Program (generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation), which is highly competitive and draws some of the very best public university students to Deree.

In the past academic year, over 500 Greek public university students enrolled as “Parallel Studies” students at Deree. Interestingly, this is approximately the same number of study abroad students enrolling at Deree from 150 international, primarily U.S., universities. The mix of traditional degree-seeking students, “Parallel Studies” students and study abroad students is unique to Deree.

In what ways does the College’s Scholarship Program help young people who wish to pursue their studies, especially in these difficult times?

The year I started at Deree (2008) less than 10% of the undergraduate students received some form of financial assistance (financial need-based or merit-based). This past academic year 46% of undergraduates received such assistance. Our comprehensive aid program also provides on-campus, work study opportunities so students get both financial assistance and work experience. For many students and families struggling to meet the cost of quality education in these difficult economic times in Greece, these resources make the difference between the ability to attend Deree or not. We are committed to doing everything we can to assure that no academically qualified student is excluded from Deree simply because of a lack of financial resources.

Which educational model is applied to the College’s teaching methods and how do the American and Greek cultures interact?

The American College of Greece (ACG) has three educational divisions: Pierce (a 1,400 student high school – Gymnasium and Lyceum); Deree (over 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students); Alba (over 500 graduate business degree plus hundreds of executive education students). Each ACG division has a distinctive educational model. Pierce offers a Greek national curriculum and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program integrated with American educational practices (e.g. “whole person” development through academic and co-curricular activities). Deree, as noted above, is built on the American liberal arts tradition with a curriculum drawn from the humanities, fine and performing arts, natural and social sciences as well as selective offerings in professional disciplines (e.g. business, information technology). Alba follows the model of an American professional graduate school, stressing knowledge development and application through faculty research. The faculty profile we look for and the ways in which American and Greek cultures interact in each division are also distinctive. As one moves up the ACG “educational ladder” (Pierce – Deree – Alba), faculty research becomes increasingly important, although ACG faculty in all three divisions are engaged in various forms of academic scholarship. Common to faculty in all three divisions is a passion for teaching; we look for faculty who are enthusiastic about being mentors, not just academic dispensers, for our students. The vast majority of our faculty are Greek, but, in the case of Deree and Alba, have been educated outside Greece – most notably in the U.S. This is also true for a significant number of Pierce faculty. When you add students from 70 countries outside Greece to this learning community mix, the interplay between cultures at ACG – Greek, American and others – is dynamic and rich.

How strong is the connection between Deree degrees and the job market, and what are the opportunities offered to young people both academically and professionally?

In the 21st century, “knowledge-based” economy and with the challenge of young people finding jobs after graduation (not only in Greece), the connection between academic study and the job market has understandably become a major concern. Deree has always been close to the market in its educational offerings. For example, we introduced the study of marketing and information technology to the Greek market years ago. More recently, we introduced healthcare management as a new academic offering in Greece. But, the opportunities we offer our students extend well beyond the classroom. We regularly bring business and community leaders to campus to engage with our students, and we send our students as interns and apprentices into workplaces in Greece and around the world. In the last academic year, Deree students were assigned to 396 apprenticeships, internships or campus work study placements in 75 organizations. As one way of monitoring the strength of the connection between Deree degrees and the job market, we track the success of Deree graduates immediately after they complete their studies. In the last four years, 12-18% have been still seeking employment six months after graduation; this range is similar to what you find for university graduates in relatively strong national economies with low unemployment (e.g. the U.S.).

Which do you consider the advantages of Deree with respect to the skills and opportunities it gives its graduates?

I have already mentioned several: lifelong capacities developed through our liberal arts and total personal development approach, which provides a foundation for personal and career development throughout our graduates’ lifetimes; apprenticeship/internship and study abroad opportunities, which expose our graduates to international best practices. Another advantage is our network of 54,000 alumni around the world. This is an enormously helpful potential resource for initial job placement and even lifelong networking. And, all of this comes at a cost (i.e. tuition and fees) that are a fraction of what students would pay for comparable quality of education in the U.S. This is why I sometimes claim that ACG may well be the best American educational value in the world, and if Greek families understood fully what is available to them here, there would be a line from our main gate in Aghia Paraskevi to Syntagma Square to apply for admission to Deree.

Tell us a few words about the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” scholarship program for the refugees and ACG’s contribution to it.

“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” is an initiative of the U.S. Government aimed at assisting some of the refugees who have come to Greece. The initiative is being coordinated through three American educational institutions in Greece – Anatolia/ACT and American Farm School in Thessaloniki and Deree – The American College of Greece in Athens. For the first year, we expect to serve 200 refugees, 100 in Athens at Deree and 50 each at the Farm School and ACT. Students will be able to select from any of our course offerings, but we are expecting many of them to take advantage of English language courses. The costs of the program will be fully supported by the U.S. Embassy and the three institutions and, hopefully, will provide meaningful assistance to help transition the refugees to wherever their futures will take them.

 

Read the interview (in Greek) published on Monday, August 28, on Protothema.gr.

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Education, Employment & ACG: President Horner’s Interview on Naftemporiki

Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece (ACG), recently spoke to Sophia Emmanuel from the newspaper Naftemporiki about education within the 21st century economic and employment context.


The mismatch between supply and demand concerning the employment market, shows perpetual weaknesses. What do you think the problem is and what will it take for this gap to close?

The 21st century economy poses universal challenges for all higher education systems, including but not limited to Greece. Globalization and technological innovation are changing employment requirements in unprecedented ways. Educational institutions need to be attuned to rapidly changing market needs and to be both sufficiently agile and sufficiently autonomous to be able to alter curricula and pedagogy to accommodate these needs. Students also need to be free to select academic programs that fit their interests and abilities and where they see a reasonable prospect for employment. In “mutually accountable” national higher education systems (e.g. the U.S. system), institutions select their students and students select their institutions. The current Greek system, at least in public universities, is not based on this “mutual accountability”. Freeing both institutions and students to make choices would be a major step in the right direction of aligning employment supply and demand.

Do you believe that the candidates for the employment market possess adequate qualifications and skills?

Given the 21st century economic and employment context just described, graduates from higher education institutions need both skills and a sound intellectual foundation. For some entry-level, especially technical, positions specific skills and/or credentials are required. But, in the longer-term, the most important skills are those that will stand the test of time (e.g. the ability to think critically; to express one’s thoughts clearly and persuasively – orally, in writing, using various media; to work effectively with others; to be a continuous learner). These skills will allow graduates to adapt to changing employer needs over time. Further, every graduate should ideally bring an understanding of the major domains of human knowledge and creative expression (e.g. natural and social sciences, humanities, arts) as well as an appreciation for the diversity of human culture and the importance of moral responsibility – these are the major pillars of what I regard as a “sound intellectual foundation”. Feedback from the market suggests that in many cases employers are not able to find sufficient candidates with these qualifications and skills. Therefore, students would be well served to choose educational options that offer development in the areas outlined above. 

Do you think that private education in Greece equips young people with the necessary qualifications for their professional wellbeing?

I cannot speak for all private education in Greece, but I can say that the educational program at The American College of Greece (ACG) – Deree is designed and intended to produce graduates with the capabilities and characteristics described above. Further, because we are free as a private institution to admit or not to admit the students who apply to us and because the students are also free to select ACG – Deree or not, we function with the kind of “mutual accountability” I spoke of earlier. Recent and long-term employment results for ACG graduates suggest employers find our students bring the skills and backgrounds employers are seeking.

In the last couple of years, private education in Greece has undergone significant institutional changes. Do you believe there are serious issues/mistakes to be considered? What kind of reform do you think is necessary? 

Starting with the reforms introduced by the Greek government in July 2008 (my first month as president of ACG), the general trend line has been towards more openness to private higher education. If the goal is to introduce more “mutual accountability” into the Greek higher education system, I am certain that this is directionally correct. Long-term, the optimal move would be the removal of Article 16 and the allowance of private universities in Greece (as well as increasing autonomy for public universities). In the short-run and to move in a constructive direction, there are numerous provisions of current Greek law not required by Article 16 that could be amended (e.g. removing the prohibition of public university professors teaching in private colleges). 

Does private education offer competitive services in comparison to public education? How important is the international experience to students (or does it reinforce the brain drain?)

Again, I cannot speak for all private education. As far as I am aware, however, ACG’s profile is unique among private institutions in Greece and more than competitive with the educational experience offered by Greek public universities, for example: over 3,000 undergraduate students from 70 countries; study abroad students from 150 international universities and colleges; over 700 graduate students (Deree & Alba);65-acre main campus with the full range of “American campus” facilities – classrooms, labs, studios, extensive library, multiple theaters, 2,000 seat gymnasium, various food venues (e.g. Starbucks); full-time faculty as mentors for students inside and outside the classroom; rich student life programming (e.g. academic clubs and societies, career planning, intercollegiate athletics and recreation, service learning projects); high quality student housing; international and domestic internships with leading, multinational companies; outbound study abroad with prestigious universities (e.g. Cornell, Emory, Stanford); alumni network 0f 54,000 worldwide. “Internationalization” (sending/receiving students and faculty and international internships) has been one of our highest priorities in recent years. We see these experiences as invaluable in preparing students to succeed in a global marketplace and, ultimately, in developing Greece as a sustainable 21st century economy – a necessary transition in order to move from “brain drain to brain gain”.

Which are the comparative advantages of the American education system?

The primary advantage of the U.S. higher education system is its institutional diversity: public/private, large/medium/small, secular/religious, comprehensive/specialized, coed/single-sex, urban/suburban/rural, research focused/teaching focused etc. This diversity allows students to select the learning environment that will bring out the best in them. U.S. public policy has supported this diversity in various ways; for example, the federal government allows students to apply their federal financial aid to support attendance at a public or private university.

What does the not-for-profit character of the American College of Greece consist in?

ACG is organized identically to the most prestigious private colleges and universities in the U.S. (e.g. Amherst, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, University of Chicago, Stanford, Williams), namely, as a non-profit educational institution. Operationally, this means that ultimate authority rests with a volunteer, uncompensated board of trustees to whom the president reports. It also means that no institutional funds are distributed to shareholders – because there are no shareholders or owners. U.S. non-profit educational institutions are sometimes identified as “independent” rather than “private” to make clear that their purpose is not financial gain for the benefit of an individual or group of individuals. In this sense, ACG’s purpose or mission is closer to Greece’s public universities than to Greece’s for-profit private colleges.

You undertook the presidency of Deree in 2008, which coincided with the start of the crisis. During these years ACG services have grown significantly. Which do you think is the most important achievement in this decade?

It is true that ACG has grown and developed in many ways since 2008, for example, our total enrollment has grown by essentially the same percentage (25%) as the Greek economy has shrunk in this time period. In my mind, three of our achievements in higher education (excluding Pierce, our high school, which has made huge gains since 2008) stand out. The first is the increasing academic quality and diversity of the Deree student body (e.g. this fall nearly 50% of new Deree undergraduate students will have a high school graduation average of 18 or higher). With respect to diversity, complementing the majority of Deree undergraduates (Greek students studying exclusively at Deree) are Greek public university students (over 500 annually), who are taking either full degrees or specialized “Certificate Minors” at Deree, and a similar number of study abroad students, primarily from U.S. universities, colleges and community colleges. This is a unique mix of very strong and diverse students who enrich the classroom and the campus.

The second achievement is the growth of our graduate student body, which has increased seven-fold since 2008. In addition to the more than 700 students enrolled in Deree and Alba graduate degree programs, hundreds more are served through Alba’s executive education and Deree’s professional education offerings.

Our third achievement is ACG’s increased commitment to financial aid. In 2008, ACG’s total student financial (including Pierce) was less than €1million. In 2017–18 this commitment will exceed €6million. For example, today nearly 50% of Deree undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

Looking forward, our hope is to invest in educational initiatives that will not only continue ACG’s positive trajectory but also will meaningfully contribute to Greece’s growth.

 

Read the interview (in Greek) published on Thursday, August 24, on Naftemporiki.

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Deree and the Heritage Greece Program on PBS!

This Is America & The World is a weekly, international affairs television series, produced in Washington, D.C., New York City, and in countries around the world. The series is distributed nationally on PBS, and internationally on Voice of America. Through interviews with world leaders, and men and women from all walks of life, Dennis Wholey explores the varied cultures of our world.

Wholey visited Athens to examine life in Greece today, as part of the “Greece Today” series. The American College of Greece was honored to welcome the show’s presenter Dennis Wholey to the Aghia Paraskevi campus, where he spoke with ACG President David G. Horner and Art Dimopoulos, Executive Director of the National Hellenic Society, as well as the 62 students visiting Greece through the Heritage Greece Program. Heritage Greece is a program developed by the National Hellenic Society, and hosted by The American College of Greece.

It is an unforgettable educational and cultural program designed to connect Greek-American students of college age with their Hellenic heritage. For one visiting student, having grown up listening to her grandfather’s stories it was “incredible to see the land that he came from!”

But it also has a profound effect on the host Greek students as well, as “Bringing students from around the world to our campus connects our students personally to the rest of the world,” Dr. Horner said.

“When you show them Greece, you get to see it through their eyes, and it’s beautiful…” said a Greek student, “the feeling, the excitement they have, it’s precious!”

Watch the full episodes of the “Greece Today” series: Part I | Part II

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“Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” – A scholarship program for young refugees in Greece

On Thursday, July 6, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt, the President of Deree – The American College of Greece, Dr. David G. Horner, the President of Perrotis College at the American Farm School, Dr. Panos Kanellis, and the President of Anatolia College, Dr. Panos Vlachos held a press conference (broadcast live on Facebook) to announce the “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program, that will provide higher education scholarships to 100 eligible refugees in Athens, and 100 in Thessaloniki.

The goal of the program is to give opportunities to displaced students to continue their education; provide them with knowledge, skills, and academic credits they can use either in Greece or in any other European country they move to in the future; help them get out of the camps and become integrated in local colleges; and offer young refugees hope for the future.

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt explained that at last year’s Hack the Camp program, a creative marathon aimed at finding solutions to challenges that refugees face in Greece, co-organized by the U.S. Embassy in Athens, a young female refugee spoke passionately of her desire to continue her university education.  She was a student of Economics at a university in Damascus, but she had to abandon her studies as she fled the war. Her plea for a better future through education was the inspiration for the program.

“Unfortunately, that is not an isolated story,” said Ambassador Pyatt, adding that “Hers is typical of the experiences of the tens of thousands of people who have been forced from their homes, and of hundreds of college-aged refugees in camps and shelters throughout Greece who have been forced to put their hopes for education and professional development on hold.”

I am extremely proud of the legacy that these three schools represent; of American support for Greece and for the people of Greece. These institutions represent excellence in education, they promote an American approach to education abroad, and they have built an enduring partnership between the United States and Greece over many, many years. They are also institutions that have consistently demonstrated their commitment to help Greek and international students receive the highest level of education.”

Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece, briefly described the history of ACG, explaining that it was founded in 1875 in Asia Minor, and was forced out of the country in 1922, following the great catastrophe in Smyrna. “We are a refugee institution by heritage,” said Dr. Horner adding, “So, we have a profound connection to the history of refugees and a concern, as a result of that, for the refugees that in 2017 now find themselves displaced and looking for safety, shelter, education, and a future.”

Dr. Panos Vlachos, President of Anatolia College, explained that part of the school’s mission from the very beginning has been “to serve underprivileged people.” With regard to the Education Unites program, Dr. Vlachos said it is a “wonderful opportunity that can make a difference,” adding, “We hope that this program will only be the beginning of a greater effort to try to serve these people.”

“We are a nation familiar with the pain and difficulties immigration causes,” said Dr. Panos Kanellis, President of Perrotis College at the American Farm School. “Many of us have relatives who were refugees only one generation ago, and Greece then also rose to the occasion and showed the world how good citizens embrace those in need.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with the United States government, with the U.S. Embassy, and with our two sister institutions here in Greece, to give a response that hopefully will address some of the very urgent humanitarian needs that we find among the refugee population,” said Dr. Horner. “We are certain that among these refugees are talented young people who will be able to respond to the educational opportunities we can provide for them.”

About the Program

The “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus” program will offer two courses per student for the next two semesters (Fall 2017-18 and Spring 2017-18) in the three U.S. affiliated colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki. The courses offered will include preparatory English classes, academic classes in diverse fields based on the educational background of participants, as well as vocational training.
At Deree, 100 students will have the opportunity to select from an array of courses, such as:

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Fundamentals of Academic English
  • Introduction to Academic Writing
  • Mathematics for Liberal Arts
  • Survey of Western Civilization and more!

At the American College of Thessaloniki, 50 refugee students will have the opportunity to take two courses in the fall semester, “Information Literacy” and “English Lab”. At the Perrotis College of the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, 50 students will be able to enroll in courses such as “Marketing,” Research and Presentation Skills,” “Agricultural Economics,” “English Language,” “Introduction to Mathematics,” “Introductory Chemistry,” and “Information Technology.”

The three partner educational institutions will receive and review all applications and will determine together with the applicant the appropriate courses.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

For application and admissions information please contact Kathleen Macdonell, Consultant, at 210 6009800 ext. 1511 or [email protected].

For the courses offered by the partner educational institutions, please see:

American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College

Perrotis College – American Farm School

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Congratulations Class of 2017!

The annual Deree Commencement, our biggest event of the year, celebrates the perseverance of each and every one of our students, and all the hard work that has led them to this wonderful occasion, their graduation day!

Students of The American College of Greece distinguish themselves in various venues: in classrooms, studios, and laboratories; on playing fields and performance stages, in campus organizations and volunteer service in the community; in study and internships around the world. Just a few days ago, at the 2017 Student Awards Ceremony held on June 28, over 140 students and graduates received awards, recognizing their outstanding performances in a range of student achievements!

And so, on Saturday, July 1, more than 360 undergraduate and graduate Deree students from 24 countries gathered at the track and field to be awarded their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, joining the 52,000-strong ACG alumni family.

Dr. David G. Horner, President of The American College of Greece welcomed the graduating students and their friends and family, along with the Board of Trustees, and ACG faculty and staff to the 2017 Deree Commencement Ceremony.

The Deree graduates we focus on this evening have worked hard and richly deserve the recognition we will bestow upon them,” said Dr. Horner adding that, “they are ready to navigate the challenges of a global economy and to be constructive agents of social change.”

Dr. Horner then introduced the Ambassador of the United States Embassy in Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt, who honored Deree with his presence, bringing a greeting on behalf of the people of the United States. US Ambassador Pyatt addressed the graduating Class of 2017 saying, “Your outstanding education has given you the tools to make a difference. Now it’s up to you to engage, connect, and make changes – in your own communities and in the global community. Your generation can build a bright future for Greece, and for all of us!

The 2017 Commencement Address was delivered by this year’s honorary degree recipients: Olga E. Julius who has served as the Principal and driving force of Pierce – The American College of Greece for 42 years, and Philip C. Korologos, who has served as Chair of the ACG Board of Trustees since 2011.

Pierce Principal Olga E. Julius
 received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters, and with her characteristic smile and sweetness said, “How lucky am I to share this night with 368 graduates! It is my great pleasure to have been associated with this institution for 42 years. I have been extremely fortunate to have spent my life in secondary education, transferring my love to the children, enjoying abundant opportunities to develop innovative programs and experiencing extraordinary moments.

Principal Julius added, “The missionaries who envisioned the creation of this school in Smyrna, Asia Minor, in 1875, devoted their time, talents and energy, worked in challenging times, not seeking praise or credit, promoting the idea of education for girls, which was revolutionary in those times, in Turkey. It has been my great privilege to inherit and to build on this proud history and tradition!

Philip C. Korologos, a partner in the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in New York, joined the ACG Board of Trustees in 2006, was its Vice-Chair from 2009-2011, and has since served as Chair of Board.

Upon receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws, Mr. Korologos addressed the graduating class and shared with them a few values he has picked up over the years to further the ACG mission. “Firstly,” he said, “take what you have learned here and use it to your best advantage. Really use it. This great faculty has taught you to think, to care, to believe, to hope, and to desire achievement. Take those lessons with you on all your future adventures.” And secondly, “Don’t hope that others will make you great. Aim and strive for that greatness through your own acts and deeds. Your future achievements will provide distinctive and sustainable value to Greece, to Hellenic heritage, and to the global community!

Graduating student Peter Paraskevopoulos followed, delivering the 2017 Student Address. Just before he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Peter shared a few parting thoughts with his fellow graduates saying, “More than anything else, Deree will remain ingrained in our minds and spirits as fostering three core values: diversity, leadership, and meritocracy. This graduating class represents the strength of diversity in action. We represent 24 different countries, various ethnicities, cultures, and genders; and yet, despite our differences, we have learned to work collectively toward common goals.

We also learned to lead and make a difference in our communities,” Peter said, with respect to the many experiences the students have had during their time at Deree, ranging from studying and working abroad as interns, to participating in the active student life on campus, to volunteering in community outreach programs.

Peter gracefully ended his address by urging his fellow classmates to “aspire to lead with dignity, to listen instead of declaim, and stand our ground when we witness injustices.

And as the Conferral of Degrees began, 368 graduating Deree students donned their brightest smile and, cheered on by an audience of their peers and supporters, they were awarded their degrees of Master of Science, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science, on a night that concludes years of hard work and perseverance, and exciting opportunities and experiences.

President Horner gave his closing remarks saying, “While others helped to bring you to this moment, it is you who claimed this investment and made it your own. Now you stand at the threshold of a future you must also claim as your own. Graduates of 2017, we are proud of your accomplishments; we are the better for our association with you as colleagues in learning, and we send you forth in confidence to share the gifts that you, uniquely, can offer!

As Dr. Horner presented the Deree Class of 2017, the excitement came to a crescendo as colorful fireworks filled the summer night sky! The Deree Class of 2017 was loudly and joyfully cheered on by an ecstatic and proud audience, celebrating their accomplishments and wishing them luck, inspiration, and determination in their next steps.

Congratulations Deree Class of 2017!!!

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2017 Student Awards Ceremony: A night of celebration!

Last night, Wednesday June 28 at the 19th Deree Student Awards Ceremony, we celebrated over 140 achievements, awarding our deserving students for impressive accomplishments in their academic career and student life.

Friends and family of the students, as well as ACG faculty and staff, filled the open-air Irene Bailey Theater on a warm summer night, to join us in a celebration dedicated to honoring significant achievements and impactful relationships.

From the Outstanding Graduate, the Internship, and Study Abroad awards, to the Society of the Year and College Life Spirit awards, Deree students and representatives from clubs and societies, were cheered on for their accomplishments in sports, parallel study, scholarships, and so much more from their experience at Deree!

The 2017 Student Awards Ceremony highlighted the accomplishments of students who shined academically, creatively, and morally this year; students who have made the most out of their experience at Deree by challenging themselves, and who have made a lasting difference as active members of the ACG community.

President Horner gave the ceremony’s closing remarks saying, “The achievements and contributions of our students remind us that each of us carries the potential to be a bearer of light. I am talking about the light that each of us has in our minds and in our hearts. May this evening inspire each one of us to let our light shine, everywhere and always.”

And with that, an incredible surprise flashmob took place! The lights went out in the open air theater and everyone that took part in the Student Awards Ceremony stood up and, using their phones to shine a light, made their way to the stage to all dance together! As the ceremony came to a close, celebrations continued through the warm summer night with live music by the Deree Music Society and Deree Music Club.




 

Congratulations to all the awarded and nominated students! Find out more about each award, here.

Coming up just around the corner, our biggest event of the year, the Deree Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 2, at 21:00. More than 360 undergraduate and graduate Deree students from 24 countries will be awarded their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and join the 52,000-strong ACG alumni family!

Find more information on the 2017 Deree Commencement Ceremony, here.

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Deree Commencement 2017: Counting Down the Days!

The annual Deree Commencement is just around the corner! Our biggest event of the year celebrates the perseverance of each and every one of our students, and all the hard work that has led them to this wonderful occasion, their graduation day!

Beginning at 21:00 on Saturday, July 1, more than 360 undergraduate and graduate Deree students from 24 countries will be awarded their bachelor’s and master’s degrees, joining the 52,000-strong ACG alumni family.

The 2017 Commencement Address will be delivered by Philip C. Korologos, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The American College of Greece, and Olga E. Julius who has served as the Principal of Pierce – The American College of Greece for over 40 years.

The Deree Class of 2017 will be joined by family, friends, faculty, and staff, in the event of the year to celebrate their accomplishments and to wish them luck, determination, and inspiration in their next steps!

The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live streaming on Saturday, July 1 at 21:00. You can view the live stream on the day by clicking, here.

2017 Honorary Degree Recipients

Mr. Philip C. Korologos and Mrs. Olga E. Julius will address the graduating class, and be awarded the degrees of Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Letters respectively, for their contribution to education.

Philip C. Korologos
Chair of the Board of Trustees of The American College of Greece

Philip C. Korologos is a partner in the law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in New York. He holds a JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA in Physics from Cornell University. His legal practice focuses on complex litigation, including antitrust claims, securities fraud, trademark disputes, and many other matters pending in federal and state courts and international and domestic arbitrations. Mr. Korologos joined the ACG Board of Trustees in 2006, and was its Vice-Chair from 2009-2011. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Alba Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece from 2012-2017. Since 2011, he has served as Chair of the ACG Board of Trustees.

Olga E. Julius
Principal of Pierce – The American College of Greece

Olga E. Julius has faithfully served Pierce for 42 years. She holds a BA in French and German language and literature from Chatham College, and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Saint Michael’s College. In 1975, she began her career at Pierce as an English Instructor, quickly moving on to administrative positions of increasing responsibility. She served as Head of the school’s English Department from 1979-2015; Assistant Principal from 1983-1993; and Associate Principal from 1993-2003. Since 2003, she has led Pierce as its Principal.