Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Beatrice Fihn will Speak at 2018 Commencement

Pitt-Johnstown

posted April 16, 2018


Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar is pleased to announce that Ms. Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, will be the honorary speaker at the 2018 Pitt-Johnstown Commencement ceremony.

FihnMs. Fihn accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and delivered the Nobel Laureate lecture in Oslo on behalf of the campaign, along with Hiroshima bombing survivor, Setsuko Thurlow.

The ceremony honoring approximately 575 graduates will be held in the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center on April 28, 2018, at 1 p.m. 

Ms. Fihn will also be presented with the Presidents Medal of Distinctive Excellence at the ceremony.

Ms. Fihn has led ICAN since 2013, and has worked to mobilize civil society throughout the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Ms. Fihn’s strong leadership and unique ability to build unlikely coalitions was a vital factor in the adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Beatrice Fihn holds a Masters in Law from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stockholm University. She was recently listed as one of the 50 innovators who changed the global landscape in 2017 by Bloomberg Media.


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