Graduation Ceremony for the 2016-2017 Polish Fulbright Grantees

Frank J. Finver, Counselor for Public Affairs with Fulbright grantee

In his remarks at the graduation ceremony for the 2016-2017 Polish Fulbright grantees, Deputy Chief of Mission, John Law, congratulated the scholars on their exchange and  underlined the  significance of the Fulbright Program for the development of science in both countries.

“The Fulbright Program is an important element of the United States’ bilateral relationships with countries around the world” – said John C. Law, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy Warsaw. “Established 70 years ago, approximately 370,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the Program since its inception. The Polish Fulbright program is strongly supported by the U.S Embassy Warsaw and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide. There is a lifetime experience ahead of you and you will be the best ambassadors of this program.”

The ceremony, which was held on September 14 at Klub Bankowca in Warsaw  and followed by the Alumni  End of Summer BBQ was conducted by Justyna Janiszewska, Executive Director of the Polish-U.S Fulbright Commission, and attended by Deputy Chief of Mission John C. Law, representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, including Deputy Minister Łukasz Szumowski, and Board Members of the Commission as well as Polish and U.S. alumni of the Fulbright Program and other invited guests.

In her opening remarks, Justyna Janiszewska emphasized the worldwide significance and prestige of the Program, its impact on the development of academic careers of its participants and shared her appreciation to the alumni for their tremendous commitment to the promotion and development of Fulbright in Poland and the United States.  She highlighted that “the Fulbright scholarship does not end when the diploma is presented. It is a life-time commitment. There are plenty of opportunities for you right now concerning not only your further professional and personal development but also cooperation with the Commission and the international alumni environment. We thank you very much for your efforts and we look forward to working with you in support of our alumni initiatives.”