Year Four

The Capstone

Capstone Projects

Leadership and teamwork throughout the last four years are brought to fruition during the capstone component of the Global Leadership Initiative. This final phase takes place during year four when Fellows have the opportunity to demonstrate mastery through interdisciplinary, culminating capstone projects. In small, faculty-supported groups, Fellows address crucial issues affecting the world community and propose new ideas and new solutions. 

Do you ever wonder where good ideas come from?

Each GLI Fellow chooses a Global Theme and Challenge to focus on throughout the program, but how do those turn into capstone projects? Good ideas, as shown in the video above, are not created in a vacuum, but are an accumulation or a collision of idea fragments. Starting in the spring semester of year two, GLI Fellows participate in capstone forums and capstone events based on their chosen themes. The forums are a place for ideas to collect and transform, as well as a way for Fellows to identify others who share their passions and are willing to work toward a shared goal. Fellows collaborate with a self-selected group of peers to determine a capstone project. Fellows also have access to a whole world of information, with hundreds of initiatives focused on proposing solutions to some of our most daunting societal, economic, environmental and technological issues.

For a look at what questions and challenges others are contemplating, visit the links below:

For more detailed information about the GLI Capstone year, please visit the Capstone Resource Guide


Students beginning the program in Fall 2016 will receive a Certificate in Global Leadership after completing the certificate graduation application. Students must receive a C- or higher in all GLI-related courses in order to receive the certificate.

Students who began the program in Fall 2015 or earlier will automatically receive a notation on their transcripts. However, students not graduating in the spring semester of their Capstone year must submit the GLI Transcript Notation Request (linked below) in order to receive this notation. This request must be completed after submitting prior to the following dates of the planned graduation term: 

  • September 30 for fall graduation
  • February 28 for spring graduation
  • May 31 for summer graduation

GLI Transcript Notation Request