Simon School Commencement

By: Jackie

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the commencement ceremonies which were held at the Eastman Theatre.  At Simon, we value our small and personal community environment greatly with an emphasis on keeping class sizes intentionally small in order to foster communication and add depth to interactions and opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. Briefly, to give you an example of our class size this academic year–we had 631 students enrolled in the full-time and part-time MBA programs, 154 enrolled in the Master of Science program and 28 were enrolled in the Master of Science Accountancy program.

Before the ceremony I helped out "behind the scenes" and that was the highlight of the day for me. Students were so excited to have achieved their degrees and there were so many hugs and pictures and hand shakes… it was so nice to see how well our students get to know one another during their time here and just how close our community is. 

After being in the office for a few years this was the first opportunity that I had to attend the commencement ceremonies and it was well worth the wait! It was especially near and dear to me because the Class of 2008 was the first MBA class that I was able to work with throughout a full admissions cycle– from the time of their first inquiry or application and throughout the duration of their program. It was a joy to spend the time with them, to see them develop into our future business leaders, and to get to know them as people. I am confident that our MBA graduates as well as all of the other members of the Class of 2008 will make us proud and I look forward to welcoming a new class of MBA and MS students and to seeing our second year students return! 

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