Remembering the Class of 2008

A slide show of 2008 graduate students compiled by Lynn Astorga


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2008 Bloustein School Convocation


Carl Van Horn
Dr. Robert Curvin

The Bloustein School held its 5th convocation on May 18, honoring the 75 graduating members of the Class of 2008. The graduates included seven doctoral candidates, 39 masters candidates in the urban planning and policy development program, and 29 masters candidates in public policy.


Dr. Robert Curvin, a distinguished senior policy fellow with the Bloustein School and board chair of the Fund for the City of New York, delivered the convocation address, telling the graduates that “everyone should have a cause” and reflecting on his own career fighting to improve urban living conditions.


“Wherever you go, be confident that you are a talented and fortunate human being having been given an opportunity to earn a graduate degree; and that you are positioned to well serve your own personal goals, but they will be enriched as you also serve others,” he said.


David Schmetterer
David Schmetterer

Graduating students David Schmetterer, from the urban planning and policy development program, and John Maycroft, from the public policy program, presented remarks.


“I stand before you as someone with a new view of the world. No longer will I complain about ‘the people’ who should ‘change things’,” said Schmetterer. “Now when I am sitting in traffic I know who those people are and I’ve got a pretty good idea what they should change…”


Maycroft challenged his colleagues to become engaged in fostering change.


John Maycroft
John Maycroft

“We should take responsibility for defending good policy and making sure that our ideas are being relayed with integrity,” he said. “Now that we are experts on topics that most people consider very dry, so we

should further challenge ourselves to better communicate those topics, to make sure our work affects the world in positive ways.  It may not come naturally to all of us, but personally I believe it is crucial for making our work meaningful in the end.”



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