Welcome new ACG Alumni! Dr Linda Katehi & Mr Spiros Bouas to speak at Commencements

It’s that special time of year again when new alumni are about to join our family of more than 37,000 proud ACG (PIERCE, DEREE & ALBA) graduates from around the world; a time of endings and beginnings, hope, anticipation and parting words of wisdom.

This year, Dr Linda P. B. Katehi, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, will be recognized for her work with the honorary degree Doctor of Science Honoris Causa at the DEREE 2014 Commencement on June 28th at 20:30 at the DEREE Soccer Stadium.

Mr Spiros Bouas, co-founder of LitePoint, and the benefactor of the Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School scholarships for PIERCE students, will be delivering the keynote speech at the PIERCE 2014 Commencement – taking place on July 2nd at 20:00 at the PIERCE Theater.

Commencement gives “faculty and staff the opportunity to see and feel the fruits of their labor,” says Dr Thimios Zaharopoulos, Provost at DEREE, while it also provides “students the opportunity to feel the impact of their accomplishments and contemplate the next phase of their life.

“It also allows parents and loved ones to express their much-deserved pride. ACG makes this event extremely meaningful and memorable, because it represents the very reason we exist,” says Dr Zaharopoulos.

“Commencement is a once-in-a-lifetime moment;  one  that  leaves  its  memories  on  you  forever,” says PIERCE Principal Olga E. Julius, adding, “the entire  serious  and  significant  ceremony  symbolizes  the  advancement  from  secondary  school  level  to  the  university  level.

“We at PIERCE prepare our students for their debut into the next phase of their lives: they are knowledgeable, have broadened their horizons, are mentally and physically ready to face their new challenges, and to be positive and open to all possibilities. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, ‘Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Commencement is dedicated to all those students who have worked hard and will soon become alumni, leaving behind the familiar and treading into the unknown. You have been students for a few years, but you are alumni for life.

There will be parting words of inspiration and hope from fellow students, faculty and guests, who will share their experiences and insights, as ACG’s newest alumni embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Congratulations to ACG’s new alumni – the ACG Classes of 2014!

For a list of former Honorary Degree Recipients, click here

George Logothetis, chairman and CEO of the LIBRA Group, conveying his remarks to the graduating class at the DEREE 2013 Commencement in Athens on June 29 and other highlights from the ceremony:


Vassilis Katsos (PIERCE ’91), chairman of Pharmathen, giving the keynote speech at the PIERCE 2013 Commencement and other ceremony highlights:


Highlights from the DEREE 2012 Commencement:


Highlights from the DEREE 2011 Commencement:


Highlights from the PIERCE 2012 Commencement, where Kathy Parthimou-Paraschi (PIERCE ’73), Acropolis Museum Trustee and Member of the Board, delivered the keynote address:


More on the PIERCE 2012 Commencement:

For the latest on ALBA’s Commencement, go to http://www.alba.edu.gr