Congratulations, Smith School Graduates!
On Thursday, December 20, 2012, thousands gathered in the Comcast Center at
the University of Maryland at the commencement ceremony of the University of
Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business to celebrate the achievements of
students graduating with degrees at all levels in business (BS, MS, MBA, PhD).
Keynote Speaker Barry Gossett, Chairman, Acton Mobile
The keynote speaker was Barry Gossett, who is chairman of Baltimore-based
Acton Mobile Industries, suppliers of mobile offices, construction trailers and
commercial modular buildings. Gossett is a very active member of the University
of Maryland community and currently serves as chairman of the University System
of Maryland Foundation and as the vice chair of the USM Foundation Board of
Gossett encouraged graduates "... to find something that excites your
business and intellectual passion, something to stir your inner thoughts,
something that makes you giddy – so much so it infects those around you! This
may take time. Don’t be in hurry because what may be your ambition today may not
be your vocation tomorrow."
Gossett's speech centered on five points of advice: (1) fall in love, (2)
build relationships - don't do deals, (3) manage your debt, (4) use technology -
don't let it use you, and (5) give back.
"Staying part of the university will enhance your success and believe me the
more successful the university becomes a greater value is ascribed your degree,"
said Gossett. "Now that I have retired from business, I receive great
satisfaction from helping and teaching others, investing in philanthropic
activities with time, experience and financial support. It’s more rewarding than
you can imagine - it truly rewards the heart."
Read the full transcript
of Gossett's speech [PDF]
Student Speakers Matya Magnezi and Eitan Naftali
Undergraduate student speaker Matya Magnezi encouraged students to give
something back and make a difference. She gave a heartwarming account of Robert
H. and Clarice Smith's passion for giving back, as told to her by her professor,
Gerald Suarez. The first in her family to graduate with a college degree,
Magnezi is sure to make an impact, herself.
The speech by MBA student speaker Eitan Naftali had a theme of endurance. "My
fellow graduates, we are crossing the finish line today, as a result of our
strong support system, and because of our ability to work hard and to endure the
rigorous challenges of the Smith School experience," said Naftali. "After today
this race will be over and the next chapter in our lives will begin. And the
important question we now have to answer is, 'What will we do with the Smith
School experience starting tomorrow?'”
Naftali encouraged students to find the next race in their lives that will
challenge them professionally and to keep in touch with each other.
Read the full transcript of Naftali's speech [PDF]
Read the full transcript of
Magnezi's speech [PDF]
Special congratulations to the following graduates who
received their doctoral degrees:
National Anthem Performer:
Congratulations, Class of 2012!
“Every member of the Smith community is very proud of your achievements,”
said Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam to the graduates. “We wish you well on the
journey ahead, and I look forward to hearing many good reports of your successes
in the years to come.”
About the Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.
Alissa Arford, Office of Marketing Communications