Executive MBA Convocation

This is Your Achievement. Celebrate Your Success.

Convocation will be here before you know it

Congratulations, graduates! Below, we’ve outlined all the information your families and guests will need for convocation day, as well as details about the ceremony itself.

Executive MBA Convocation Day
Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 2:00 P.M. (CDT)
Tickets are required

Fourth Presbyterian Sanctuary
126 E. Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Program Overview


Faculty and Students

Greg Hanifee
Associate Dean, Executive MBA
Global Network

Opening Remarks
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Dean, Kellogg School of Management

Convocation Address
John Prince ’91
Chief Executive Officer, OptumRx

Student Addresses
Captain Barret Diefenderfer, USMC ’19
(EMBA Cohort 112)

Christopher Davis ’19
(EMBA Cohort 113)

The J. Keith Murnighan
Outstanding Professor Award
in a Core or Advanced Course

Alexander Chernev
Professor of Marketing

Harry Kraemer
Clinical Professor of Leadership

Outstanding Professor
in an Elective Course

José María Liberti
Clinical Professor of Finance
Joseph Jr. and Carole Levy Chair in

Sergio Rebelo
Professor of Finance
Tokai Bank Chair in International Finance

Introduction of Graduates
Colette Feldges
Director, Executive MBA Program, Evanston

Steven Thompson
Director, Executive MBA Program, Miami

Awarding of Diplomas
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Dean, Kellogg School of Management

Alma Mater
David Goldschmidt ’19
(EMBA Cohort 113)

Faculty and Students

The Drake Hotel, Chicago

Families and Guests


Reserving convocation tickets for guests
Each student will receive up to seven tickets and will pass the tickets out directly to their invited guests. There is no charge for tickets.

Dress code
We suggest letting family members and guests know that it can be quite warm the day of the ceremony. That said, they should dress with weather and comfort in mind. Business casual attire – for example, dress pants and a shirt for men and a dress for women – is appropriate.

Photography etiquette
Friends and parents are welcome to take photos before or after the presentation of diplomas. During the presentation, a professional photographer will photograph your graduate, while families and guests are encouraged to relax in their seats.

Keynote Speaker


John Prince '91
John Prince currently serves as the chief executive officer of OptumRx, an industry-leading provider of pharmacy care services. In this capacity, his primary responsibilities include management of pharmacy benefits, pharmacy network, home delivery pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, home infusion, and workers’ compensation and auto no-fault solutions programs on behalf of clients and more than 65 million members.

Previously, Prince served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Optum. He has held numerous roles with UnitedHealth Group since 2005, including executive vice president and chief financial officer of Optum; the first chief operating officer of OptumHealth; and led the formation of OptumHealth Financial Services as its chief executive officer.

Prince holds an undergraduate degree in economics and mathematics from Northwestern University, as well as an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, The Executives’ Club of Chicago, and is actively involved with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

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