bestows more than 1,400 MBA degrees in 2005
accent global leadership role for graduates
Northwestern University's Welsh-Ryan Arena, flags representing
all 11 Big Ten schools hang from the rafters. On June 18,
a banner from the Kellogg School of Management also flew,
in honor of its convocation ceremony that brought together
some 7,000 people to celebrate the academic accomplishments
of the 909 full- and part-time MBA graduates who walked across
the stage to receive diplomas. In all, Kellogg conferred 1,410
degrees upon the Class of 2005 across all programs - including
178 graduates of the Executive MBA program that held its convocation
a week earlier.
ceremony began with rousing comments from Northwestern President
Henry Bienen. "It's wonderful to be the president of a university
that boasts the best business school in the world," he said.
In their remarks, convocation speaker Jim Scherr '89, CEO
of the U.S. Olympic Committee (see p.8), and Kellogg Dean
Dipak C. Jain reminded the new alumni of the global leadership
roles that they must be willing to accept.
lessons drew mainly upon his experience as a survivor of the
tsunami that struck Thailand in December. He told the story
of animals who ran to safety after sensing the earthquake
that precipitated the disaster. "In a time of crisis, the
people who make the right decisions are the ones who keep
their feet on the ground, or keep in touch with reality."
As future leaders and ambassadors of the Kellogg School, said
Jain, the graduates' reality must include responsibilities
beyond economic fulfillment: "We are all here to make this
world a better and a safer place to live."
who was named CEO of the USOC in April, returned to Welsh-Ryan
as a speaker more than 20 years after wrestling there as a
student. The former NCAA champion and Olympian challenged
the graduates "to dream a vision, to pursue that vision to
the best of your ability, and through that journey make a
difference." Much as Olympic athletes connect others to their
dreams and change their communities as a result of their exposure,
said Scherr, Kellogg graduates must take advantage of the
platform provided to them as leaders to improve others' lives.
of the Kellogg School's EMBA program also graduated, a week
earlier, in the Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on the Evanston
campus. The keynote address was delivered by Etienne J. Veber
'88, who until most recently was CEO and president of Merisant
Worldwide Inc., a global leader of branded zero-calorie sweeteners.
Mr. Veber continues to sit on the Merisant board of directors.
His talk focused on the importance of today's business leaders
having a global focus and the ability to adjust to change.
Schuman gave the student address for EMP-59, while Donald
L. Hammond enjoyed that honors for EMP-60. Graduates also
heard comments from Dean Jain and Assistant Dean and EMBA
Director Julie Cisek Jones. EMP-59 selected professors Sunil
Chopra and Richard Honack as "Outstanding Professors," and
EMP-60 selected professors Artur Raviv and Sergio Rebelo.
the EMBA graduates at their convocation were 15 graduates
from the Kellogg School's joint IEMBA program at the Hong
Kong University of Science and Technology. These students
graduated with their colleagues in Hong Kong in April but
also chose to be recognized at the Kellogg convocation since
they have joint degrees.
the convocation, all graduates, along with families and friends,
were hosted at a reception at the James L. Allen Center.