MBS Students Finish Strong for the Spring 2016 Semester!
This was an exciting year for MBS students. Students who attended convocation this year shared the football stadium with none other than the President of the United States! During the first convocation speech at Rutgers given by a sitting president, President Barak Obama reminded students about their place in the long history of our storied institution:
"You made it. Today, you join a long line of Scarlet Knights whose energy and intellect have lifted this university to heights its founders could not have imagined. Two hundred and fifty years ago, when America was still just an idea, a charter from the Royal Governor -- Ben Franklin’s son -- established Queen’s College. A few years later, a handful of students gathered in a converted tavern for the first class. And from that first class in a pub, Rutgers has evolved into one of the finest research institutions in America."
Dr. Deborah Silver, the MBS program director and professor, was at the ceremony to wish students well and to see them off as they embark on their new life journeys. Students were excited to participate in such a unique and historic event, so there were many smiles and hugs exchanged on this beautiful, if chilly, day. Dr. Silver, excited for graduates to advance their careers as they take their new degrees into the workplace said, “MBS graduates get the benefit of an advanced degree from one of the nation’s top research universities, with the added bonus of having also had the opportunity to learn complimentary business skills and to get hands-on experience practicing their many skills on the job and in internships. I am so happy to see another class of successful graduates ready to take on new challenges at work!”
Graduates of the MBS program had many ways to celebrate their accomplishments, as well. The graduate convocation was held a few days before the all-Rutgers affair at the stadium and the MBS program also celebrated graduates at a special ceremony held at the Zimmerli Art museum. Here, students received certificates of completion for both the MBS degree and for the national Professional Science Master’s program, of which the MBS is a part.
Professor Kathleen Cashman closed out the evening with a reminder to all the graduates about the valuable connections they have developed while in the program. From networking connections in business, to fellow students and professors, the relationships formed in the program will be critical for students throughout their careers. As a result, she told students, they should be thinking every day about how to give back – to the people who helped them along their way and, just as importantly, to the students still in the MBS program. “These students are where you were a year ago. Remember how wonderful it felt when someone helped you to land that first job or internship? Its now your time to ‘pay it forward’ by reaching back to help those who come after you.”
All of the staff and faculty of the MBS program wish our 2015-16 graduates all the best as they embark on new adventures in Science and Business!