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Michael C. Aho, Outstanding Alumni and Keynote Speaker for December Graduation Ceremony by Caitlyn Patterson

“A Pirate takes a sense of pride into all that they do, which includes serving others. After all, ECU’s motto is “to serve.”

Michael Aho attended East Carolina University and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Public Relations) in 2002. In 2004, Aho earned a certificate of training in the United Nations Peace Support Operations as well as completing his Master of Science in Peace Operations Policy at George Mason University. Michael Aho has represented both his alma mater and his country well in the highest levels of international relations.

Aho continues to show his pirate pride by staying involved with ECU. In the fall of 2015, he was recognized with ECU’s Outstanding Alumni Award. He serves on multiple boards and speaks to students and alumni about his award-winning career. He was also part of the founding of CommCrew, the SOC group for alumni, students and friends and has served on the Board of Visitors since 2014. Also a Centennial Pirate member of the East Carolina Alumni Association, as well as serving on the Board of Directors beginning in 2015.

Michael Aho has received many awards for his accomplishments. He has been awarded the Distinguished Analyst Award, The Award for Innovation, 14 Exceptional Performance Awards from the US government, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the ECU SOC. He has also received three Superior Honor Awards from the US Department of State and the Circle of Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication in 2014, just to name a few.

Michael and his partner Joe Esparza reside in McLean, VA. They are both major benefactors to the Human Rights Campaign and are active in the Campaign’s foundation work.

Michael Aho will be speaking during the School of Communication Graduation Ceremony on Friday, December 16th at 8 p.m. in the Wright Auditorium.

For family and friends who cannot attend, watch the ceremony via live stream at https://mediasite.ecu.edu/…/b278356ac40b492da1c0c67b6e7e144…

The link will go live 15 minutes before the ceremony begins. No password is needed.

 

Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient Michael Aho ’02 Visits School of Communication

School of Communication alum, Michael Aho ’02, will be presented with an East Carolina Alumni Association Outstanding Alumni Award Friday, October 16, 2015.

In recognition of this award, the School of Communication is hosting an open house in his honor, Friday, October 16 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Joyner East Conference Room 101.

Throughout the years, Aho has been a great supporter of ECU and the School of Communication. Aho helped create the School of Communication alumni group, CommCrew, and currently serves on the school’s advisory board. Aho received the inaugural School of Communication Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010. Additionally, Aho has funded a scholarship opportunity for the School of Communication with the Michael Aho Annual Scholarship for Communication that awards an undergraduate or graduate student in communication majors $1000.

Currently, Aho is a political officer at the U.S. Department of State. Throughout his career, Aho has been involved in international relations having served at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. Now in Washington, D.C., he works on European security issues. He has received numerous awards for his service in his career, to his Alma Maters, and within his community.

About receiving this distinguished award, Aho stated it “is unexpected at this point in my life and incredibly humbling. “ He went on to say that the recognition is “really less about me and more about what ECU is choosing to recognize—that younger alumni are movers and shakers in their line of work. The recognition means a lot because I hope it shows anyone that anything is possible.”

For more information, visit East Carolina Alumni Association