Thirty-eight students from the Robert H. Smith School of Business Executive MBA Cohort 12 gathered at the University of Maryland’s Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on July 26, 2013, for a very special occasion: graduation ceremonies.
With family, friends, faculty, and staff on hand, the close-knit and supportive culture of our community was clearly on display as Vice Dean Joyce Russell acknowledged the sacrifice on the families and the milestone achievement of the graduates.
Greg Hanifee, assistant dean of executive programs, said, “We’re extremely proud of this group of executives, as they have pushed us to become better as a program, but they also have represented the Smith EMBA brand with incredible professionalism. I especially want to thank our outstanding faculty and staff (as the students have done today) for delivering on our promise of a leading EMBA degree.”
Two big highlights of the ceremony included a speech and a song from graduating students. Bob Smith – with help from Amadou Cisse’ – offered a “Top 10” list. Undoubtedly the most memorable part of the ceremony for the attendees was a song from Dionne Kimble-Walker. Words can’t do justice to these highlights – so watch them online via video captured from an audience member.
EMBA graduate Rebecca Winner offered some words of wisdom to prospective Executive MBA students: “The Smith Executive MBA program truly changed the way I think about myself, my career and the work I do. Immerse yourself in the experience and take advantage of all the opportunities it offers to grow and develop,” said Winner.
Already highly ranked by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek, Smith’s EMBA program recently ranked 26th in The Economist's inaugural EMBA world rankings and 13th among U.S. programs.
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