Since its inception as the world's first executive development program three quarters of a century ago, the MIT Sloan Fellows Program has remained one of the premier programs for transforming rising executives into tomorrow's leaders. Fifty years later, the Management of Technology (MOT) Program also made history, as it became the first of more than 200 programs worldwide focused specifically on developing outstanding engineers and scientists for leadership roles in technology-oriented organizations. These two programs were recently integrated to form the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. This program builds on the great success of its predecessors, and positions MIT Sloan to continue its global leadership role in mid-career degree programs.
MIT Sloan Convocations also have a strong tie to these two programs, as the original Convocations were established in the 1930s to gather alumni from the MIT Sloan Fellows Program, and were eventually expanded 50 years later to include graduates of the MOT Program and the School's other executive education programs. More recently, Convocations have been further expanded to include all MIT Sloan alumni.
This year, we are planning on record numbers of alumni attending Convocation 2005.We look forward to celebrating the outstanding legacies of these two programs, and to sharing with you the exciting developments in the integrated program, which has just graduated its first class. We hope you can join us and help make history... again!