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Humane Society University Holds First Graduation Ceremony

Thirteen graduates receive degrees in animal issues

  • Christiana Remick, recipient of the first Bachelor of Science degree awarded by HSU, receives her diploma from HSU president Dr. Andrew Rowan. Bill Petros

  • Remick with HSU staff (from left) Dr. Jennifer Jackman, Ms. Maggie Rodden, Dr. Andrew Rowan, Dr. Tracy Zaparanick, and Dr. Denean Robinson. Bill Petros

Saturday, July 16, marked an important day for the world’s first animal issues university: Humane Society University held its inaugural commencement ceremony.

Humane Society University’s College of Arts and Sciences celebrated the graduation of thirteen students this Saturday, twelve earning graduate certificates and one earning the first Bachelor of Science Degree given by HSU.

Christiana Remick, HSU’s first Bachelor of Science degree graduate, earned her B.S. in Animal Studies. Ms. Remick, who completed her studies at HSU this May, traveled from Oakland, Calif., with her fiancé and parents to walk in the graduation ceremony.

"It is so rewarding to see Christiana achieve her goal with HSU. I have watched Christiana’s progress over the past year and a half and have been incredibly impressed with her dedication to academic excellence," said HSU president Dr. Andrew Rowan.

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Also in attendance at Saturday’s festivities was Darlene Harris, one of HSU’s two original graduate certificate recipients. Ms. Harris, who earned her Graduate Certificate in Humane Leadership in September of 2010, credits HSU with giving her the tools to find a rewarding career.

Upon completion of her academic program with HSU, Ms. Harris left her job in the software development field and now manages a prominent animal shelter in the Baltimore area. When asked how her life has changed since her graduation last fall, Ms. Harris said simply, "My heart is full."

Founded in 2008, Humane Society University’s College of Arts and Sciences is the first higher educational institution in the nation with a curriculum focusing exclusively on human-animal studies and on animal welfare. In addition, HSU has developed a number of courses addressing citizen advocacy and appears to be one of the few higher education institutions to offer such classes. HSU offers continuing education and undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of Humane Leadership, Animal Studies and Animal Policy and Advocacy. Courses are offered both online and in classrooms in Washington, D.C.

For more information about Humane Society University, please contact HSU’s dean of Student Affairs, Maggie Rodden, at mrodden@humanesocietyuniversity.org or 202-676-2385.