MBA Convocation On the day before MIT Commencement, friends and family gather to recognize the accomplishments of the graduating MBA class. This formal, yet intimate gathering is a time for reflection and celebration. The event mixes pomp and circumstance with reflection. Families and guests gather to watch the class process in, wearing their academic robes. The class sits together at the front of the hall (separate from their families) and listens to speeches given by both a student speaker and a Distinguished Alumnus Speaker. There are also performances and media presentations. The MBA Convocation has a formal atmosphere, yet it is more intimate than the full MIT Commencement, when students will receive their diplomas.MBA Class of 2016 Convocation June 2, 2016. Ceremony 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Reception 6:30 - 10:00 pm. Tickets required.Distinguished Alumnus SpeakerJEAN HAMMOND is a co-founder and partner at LearnLaunch. She is also the founder of JPH Associates. A serial entrepreneur, she co-founded AXON Networks, which was acquired by 3Com, led 3Com WAN marketing activities and also founded Quarry Technologies. Jean is an active angel investor focusing on early stage high-tech and high-growth start-ups. She is a member of Hub Angels and Launchpad Venture Group, and she is the founder of the Boston Forum of Golden Seeds. She has an active portfolio and has served as a director or advisor with over 30 of the companies within her portfolio.Jean was awarded the 2011 Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurship Mentoring by the MIT Sloan School of Management and the 2014 Hans Severiens Award by the Angel Capital Association in recognition of her work advancing angel investing and entrepreneurship. Jean also was awarded the 2013 Boston Business Journal Lifetime Achievement Award.Jean received her MS from MIT Sloan School of Management in 1986 and her BS in Biology from Boston University.Board Seats Include: Member of MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees), North American Executive Board of the MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Innovation Index Advisory Committee, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (Trustee Emeritus), The Capital Network, InStream Media, Peach Underneath, Playrific, and Respiratory Motion.