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Graduation 2012

2012 graduates at the Boston Opera House2012 graduates at the Boston Opera House

In early June, MIT Sloan graduated a class of record size, awarding 719 diplomas to students in eight graduate programs, as well as 44 undergraduate degrees to MIT management students. To recognize this momentous occasion, the School planned multiple convocations, celebrations, and recognition events honoring our most recent graduates.

“At MIT Sloan, we graduate professionals with the skills, capability, and inclination to improve the world,” said David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean. “There is no single approach for this. Instead, our portfolio of degree programs—and the focused tracks in our MBA curriculum—prepare a diverse community of students for the jobs and industries that require the insight offered at MIT Sloan and across MIT.”

Martin Trust, SM '58Martin Trust, SM ’58

MBA Convocation, which included graduates of the Leaders for Global Operations program and was held at the historic Boston Opera House, featured Martin Trust, SM ’58, the 2012 recipient of the Dean’s Alumni Award for Excellence in Leadership. He told graduates that an MIT Sloan education is the cornerstone to a fulfilling life and career.

“The MIT Sloan education doesn’t teach you all the things that you need to know,” reflected Trust. “Rather, I feel it helps you better understand what you don’t know, what questions to ask, and what will be important to find out in your careers.”

“My sense is that, if and when you may be looking for a job, the best employers will be more interested not so much in what you think you know already, but rather what you are capable of learning,” Trust continued.

Charles Frantz, MBA ’12, the student speaker at MBA Convocation, further defined the culture of MIT Sloan with his remarks about his classmates. He spoke about the recruitment process and reflected on a uniquely “Sloan” aspect of it. “Why would they [current students] jeopardize their candidacy by providing a competitive advantage to someone else? Because they want a fellow Sloanie to get the job, because we are a community united.”