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2017 Commencement Ceremony Set for June 4

Charter Oak State College will hold its 2017 commencement ceremonies on June 4.  Dr. Shyamala Raman will be the commencement speaker.

Dr. Shyamala Raman commencement speaker

Charter Oak State College has announced its 2017 commencement ceremonies to take place on Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Welte Auditorium on the campus of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Shyamala Raman, Faculty Emerita of Economics and International Studies at the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT, and former Core Consulting Faculty member for Charter Oak is the commencement speaker.

Dr. Raman has a passion for economics, education and for international, multicultural, women's and human rights understanding.

She has a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University, and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Madras, India.

Her international advocacy, academically as well as programmatically has included presentations at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain; at the Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman; and at the Human Rights Forum held in Kigali, Rwanda, sponsored by the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. She has also served as a speaker/workshop leader on the Millennium Development Goals at nine of the Annual Intergenerational Leadership forums held by the UNESCO Chair.  As Director of International Studies and Programs at USJ, she assisted with the international agreement with HAN University, Nijmegan, The Netherlands. 

She generously gives of her time and talent to support numerous non-profits, including: serving as Honorary Board Member of the World Affairs Council, Mercy Housing and Shelter Corporation, Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, and Connecticut Human Rights Partnership and Volunteers in Service to Education in India, Inc.