Congratulations to Class of 2013 Valedictorian Kirila Cvetkovska!

Kirila Cvetkovska

Kirila Cvetkovska

John Cabot University’s Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Merva is pleased to announce the Valedictorian for the Class of 2013 – Kirila Cvetkovska. Kirila is graduating with a major in Art History and a minor in Psychology.

Born in Macedonia, Kirila was looking for an American education in Europe. As an American university in Rome, John Cabot turned out to be the ideal choice.

“I selected John Cabot University because I had a strong feeling that I could thrive in the close-knit community that a small university can offer. I was absolutely right!” says Kirila, who speaks English, Italian, and Serbian, in addition to her native Macedonian.

“One of the best things about John Cabot is that professors get to know you and give you personalized attention. Best of all, they are very willing to share their connections and expertise as scholars with you, ” continues Kirila.

An example of this? Thanks to art history professor Lila Yawn, Kirila has obtained a research internship with renowned South African artist William Kentridge. She will be working with him on the international project TEVERETERNO, which promotes cultural events aimed at revitalizing the urban waterfront of Rome’s Tiber river.

During her time at JCU Kirila also worked as a volunteer in various community service projects, including the University’s Italy Reads Program and Rome’s Vaccari Institute.

Kirila has decided to take a gap year before applying to graduate school: in addition to her internship, she will continue working in the JCU Admissions Office, a position she has held for the past three years and for which she won a Student Worker Award last month.

The JCU community wishes Kirila the best of luck in all her future endeavors!