Festive Graduation Ceremonies Highlight Isenberg & its Students
May 14, 2013
Isenberg graduates made their mark in ceremonies and celebrations on Commencement weekend, May 9-10. On May 9th, 1,014 Isenberg seniors and their fellow students from UMass Amherst's graduating class of 5,500 received bachelor's degrees at McGuirk Stadium to the enthusiastic approval of nearly 20,000 family members and friends. Two Isenberg seniors, Caroline Conena (Management) and Thandolwethu Zono (Resource Economics), were recognized among this year's eleven 21st Century Leaders--exceptional students who have excelled academically and in leadership roles. Seniors Brandon Auger (Accounting) and Kathleen Murphy (Finance) were honored as Jack Welch Scholars--recipients of a full-scholarship program celebratingacademic achievement, social responsibility, and leadership. Another Isenberg senior, Hospitality & Tourism Management major Adam Schultz, was the afternoon's student keynote speaker. Commencement's main keynote speaker was American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault, who urged the graduating class to embrace risk with confidence earned from an informed perspective.
Isenberg's Senior Celebration at the Mullins Center the next morning featured remarks from Dean Mark Fuller, Undergraduate Associate Dean Linda Shea, and senior class speaker, Kristin Peters. Dean Fuller commended the Isenberg seniors for their vocal enthusiasm and applause the day before at Commencement--indicative of both their large numbers and success in the job market. Underscoring that success, Fuller shared his favorite statistic: Isenberg's ranking of 23rd in the nation in BusinessWeek's Employer/Recruiter Satisfaction survey.
In her remarks, student speaker Kristin Peters characterized Isenberg as a team-oriented culture that consistently challenged her both academically and through community service; a culture "that pushed me to do better." The finance major had excelled as a teaching assistant, as a consultant for Campus Design & Copy (a student-run on-campus business), and as chief financial officer for Protect Our Breasts, which promotes awareness of toxins in cosmetics and other everyday products that can potentially cause breast cancer.
In a separate campus-wide ceremony on Friday, UMass Amherst graduated 12 Isenberg Ph.D. candidates and 370 MBA students from Isenberg's Full-time, Blended, Hybrid, and Online MBA programs. The previous night, Isenberg held a stylish reception attended by 225 MBA students, their families, and Isenberg faculty and staff. For many online graduates and their professors, meeting off-line and in-person was an exciting, first-time experience.