The graduation ceremony for 2018-19 American Fulbright grantees took place on June 7 at the Lubomirski Palace in central Warsaw. This year, we are pleased to have hosted 49 American grantees who came to Poland to study, pursue their research, and teach at different universities and institutions of higher education. Each of them has brought a unique perspective to the Program, sharing their own experiences, and engaging in various socio-cultural events. We are proud of their achievements, openness to new challenges, and their unique ability to combine hard work with creativity.
Guests who participated in the graduation ceremony organized by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, comprised representatives of the U.S. Embassy, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and Polish universities and institutions of higher education. In their official remarks, Justyna Janiszewska, Executive Director of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Eric F. Green, U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, and Sebastian Skuza, Deputy Minister of Science and Higher Education congratulated this year’s American Fulbright grantees upon successful completion of their academic year in Poland.
Eric F. Green recognized the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Poland, and situated the achievements of this year’s U.S. Fulbright students and scholars within the larger mission of the Program as a bridge connecting people and cultures. He addressed the graduates with the following words: “Fulbright doesn’t end when you depart Poland. You will continue to serve as ambassadors for the universities in which you have taught and the communities in which you have lived.” Sebastian Skuza highlighted how American Fulbright grantees contribute to the development of Polish higher education.
In her valedictorian speech, Dr. Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, pointed out that her experience as a Fulbrighter in Poland has not only allowed her to advance her research, but more importantly, it gave her a unique chance to meet wonderful people, engage in various events and activities, and immerse herself in Polish culture.
The graduation ceremony concluded with an official handing of diplomas to each graduate, and an outstanding performance by Tomasz Robak, concert pianist and this year’s American Fulbright graduate.
Profiles of 2018-19 American Fulbrighters to Poland are available here: en.fulbright.edu.pl/current-american-grantees