Sunday, September 12 marked the 24th class to graduate from the Executive MBA Program at The College of William and Mary.
Beginning with a special processional provided by the Williamsburg Fife and Drum, approximately 220 guests watched as 28 students received their MBA diplomas during a ceremony in Alan B. Miller Hall’s Brinkley Commons Room.
The President of the College, Taylor Reveley, addressed the graduates during the ceremony. Dean Larry Pulley and Assistant Dean Prabhu Aggarwal were also in attendance and reflected on the student’s 20-month journey.
Mike Petters MBA '93, Corporate Vice President and President of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, served as this year's guest speaker and encouraged the graduates to utilize their new knowledge in the world's turbulent business environment. During his speech, Petters told the graduating class, "You have the opportunity to do the right thing for your business and your people – even if that sometimes means making tough decisions."
Six students were recognized as newly inducted members of the honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Only students in the top 20 percent of the class are selected for membership. New members Wayne Adkins, Jim Craig, Michael Diggs, Joe Hertzler, Dave Lauderbaugh, and Ernie Reyes were also honored at a private event prior to the Diploma Ceremony.
Other honors were presented during the ceremony. The Executive MBA Faculty Excellence Award was granted to Professor Bill Geary. The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, which honors the student with the highest cumulative GPA, was given to Ernie Reyes.
Class President Joe Hertzler provided the closing remarks, which included a nod to the lifelong bond the students forged during the program. A reception for attendees, in the Brinkley Commons Atrium, followed the ceremony.
View photos from the 2010 EMBA Diploma Ceremony on Flickr.