Miguel de Corral has worked, studied, and con­ducted field research in 16 coun­tries around the globe, with a par­tic­ular focus on social and polit­ical trends in the Middle East.

In short, the senior inter­na­tional affairs major is the quin­tes­sen­tial global citizen.

If you really want to under­stand a region, then you have to go there,” said de Corral, who was selected by mem­bers of Northeastern’s senior lead­er­ship team to deliver the stu­dent address at the university’s 111th com­mence­ment at the TD Garden. “When I study the Middle East, I see a region with an incred­ibly rich his­tory and a great oppor­tu­nity for development.”

His resumé reads like the cur­riculum vitae of a vet­eran for­eign policy adviser. He has com­pleted co-​​ops as a research assis­tant at the Geneva Forum, in Switzer­land, and the NATO Defense Col­lege in Rome; Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­grams to Egypt, Geneva, and the Balkans; and field research pro­grams in Israel, Pales­tine, and Ara­bian Gulf, for which he received an under­grad­uate research award from the Office of the Provost. He has penned two peer-​​reviewed arti­cles on the Middle East and more than a dozen edi­to­rials on topics ranging from the Muslim Broth­er­hood in Egypt to the role of Arab states in defusing the civil war in Libya.

Small wonder de Corral was named a Pres­i­den­tial Global Fellow in recog­ni­tion of his stellar back­ground in global co-​​​​op, study, and research. “I have always tried to be a good rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the North­eastern com­mu­nity,” he said, “and my expe­ri­ences and achieve­ments are cer­tainly a tes­ta­ment to the university’s mis­sion to edu­cate stu­dents from a global point of view.”

De Corral, who was born in Madrid but grew up in Grafton, Mass., is eager to impart his worldly wisdom to some 3,200 grad­u­ating stu­dents at com­mence­ment. The bulk of his speech will focus on the vast accom­plish­ments of the Class of 2013 and the oppor­tu­nity to achieve even greater suc­cess from both a per­sonal and pro­fes­sional perspective.

We can push our lim­i­ta­tions and do more than we could ever imagine,” de Corral plans on telling his peers. “If we are not com­pla­cent and always moving for­ward, then we can pro­duce the change we want to see throughout the world.”

After grad­u­a­tion, de Corral plans on taking a well-​​deserved vaca­tion and then pre­senting his research on polit­ical reform in the Ara­bian Gulf at the 2013 Gulf Research Meeting at the Uni­ver­sity of Cam­bridge in July.

His short-​​term edu­ca­tional goal is to earn a master’s degree in inter­na­tional rela­tions with an eye toward becoming a for­eign policy adviser. “I love fast-​​paced and high-​​pressure envi­ron­ments like NATO or the United Nations,” he said. “Working there would be a dream come true.”