United Nations Head Gives Webster Geneva 2015 Commencement Speech

| May 13, 2015
Webster University Geneva commencement

Class of 2015 graduates at Webster University’s Geneva campus hail from 50 different countries.

Michael Møller - Webster University Geneva

The UN’s Michael Møller spoke to Webster University graduates on using their education as a guide to make the right choices in an interconnected world.

For the centennial year of a global university in one of the world’s most international cities, Webster University Geneva welcomed the perfect guest to its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9.

Michael Møller, acting Director-General of the United Nations office in Geneva (UNOG), delivered the keynote address at the invitation of Webster Geneva director Clementina Acedo. Møller was appointed to his position in 2013 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

While Møller was born in Denmark, he served in different capacities in the United States, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Switzerland. In his UN functions in Geneva, his preoccupations and challenges are global.

Møller: ‘We have greater power to change things than we realize’

During his inspiring commencement speech, Møller drew parallels between the United Nations—celebrating its 70th anniversary this year—and Webster University as it celebrates its 100th.

He spoke of the need to unite in educating future generations, playing an active international role, all the while maintaining a sense of individual responsibility.

Møller alluded on several occasions to the butterfly effect, which refers to interdependence of our world and how a small event at one end of the world can greatly impact the lives at the other end of the planet.

“Therefore we all have much greater power to change things than we may realize,” Møller said. “That is why our choices matter. And that is why we need to make the right ones, and to always be conscious of how they are connected to the world around us.”

Read the full story and Møller’s commencement address at the Webster Geneva site.

Webster University Geneva

Visit the Geneva site for Webster University graduate profiles in the words of their proud parents, like the Urassa family from Tanzania.

An International Class

Møller spoke to a class of graduates at Webster Geneva who hail from 50 different countries. Overall, the worldwide Webster University Class of 2015 represents 6,574 graduates from 110 countries.

Some of these students’ success stories are captured — in their proud parents’ words — in these profiles from Finland, India, Tanzania and more at the Webster Geneva site.

Commencement at Webster University

Across the network of Webster campuses around the world, local ceremonies will continue throughout the summer and into the fall depending on local schedule. The largest of these is in St. Louis, where Webster University was founded in 1915, and where its 96th commencement ceremony was held at The Muny in Forest Park. In this centennial year, 6,574 graduates from 110 countries are earning their degrees across the world.

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