• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 15 May 2017

    On May 13, the Ambassador of Poland was presented by Cleveland State University President Ronald Berkman with an honorary doctorate of humane letters and delivered the commencement address to over 1,000 graduates.

    “With this degree I too have become a members of the class of 2017, so hello fellow classmates” declared Ambassador Piotr Wilczek in his commencement address to the over 1,000 graduates of Cleveland State University who had assembled at the Wolstein Center to receive their diplomas.


    In his remarks the Ambassador recalled the timeless 2005 commencement address by Steve Jobs at Stanford University in which the visionary encouraged students to have the courage to follow their hearts and intuition in making life and career choices.


    Ambassador Wilczek stressed that Cleveland State University is the cornerstone of the Cleveland community, “CSU has changed Cleveland, changed Ohio, and changed the lives of so many for the better.”


    In 2012 Professor Piotr Wilczek served as a founder and first visiting professor of the Polish Studies Initiative at CSU, and in subsequent years served as an advisor to the director of the program, assisting in gathering funds and securing future visiting professors. The Polish Studies Initiative continues to grow to this day and serves as an important resource to students and Cleveland Polonia alike.


    While in Cleveland Ambassador Wilczek held meetings with faculty and administrators at Cleveland State University, John Carroll University as well as Cuyahoga Community College to discuss post-secondary education in the United States and the possibility of cooperation with Polish diplomatic, education and scientific institutions.


    Ambassador Wilczek was also welcomed to the John Paul II Polish-American Cultural Center in Slavic Village for a meeting with Cleveland Polonia. While there the Ambassador toured the Center’s museum and gallery and spoke with members of Polonia about pressing issues.


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington, DC

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