MIT Sloan graduates celebrate at convocations, commencement

Published: June 5, 2013

Students celebrate at last year’s MBA convocation ceremonyStudents celebrate at last year’s MBA convocation ceremony

There is plenty to celebrate at MIT Sloan this week.

The School’s Master of Finance program saw significant growth this year, the MBA program launched a new Enterprise Management track for students seeking careers in large organizations, and the Leaders for Global Operations program marked 25 years as a leading dual degree program in management and engineering.

On Friday, 803 graduate students in eight programs and 49 undergraduate management students receive their degrees.

A series of convocation ceremonies and receptions will honor programs individually. MIT commencement exercises take place Friday at Killian Court on campus. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, an MIT alumnus, will be the guest speaker.

And amid the hustle of graduation preparations, MBA graduates are pushing to meet an ambitious goal of 90 percent participation in the annual class gift fundraising effort.

Thursday’s MBA convocation ceremony honors 340 graduates who completed their studies this year (including students who graduated in February), as well as the 48 graduates of MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations program. That program, founded as Leaders for Manufacturing, celebrated 25 years at an alumni conference in May.

A separate convocation ceremony Thursday will celebrate the 122 graduates of the School’s one-year, intensive Master of Finance program. This marks significant growth for the program, which last year graduated 70 students.

The MIT Executive MBA program graduates 68 students this year in its second class ever, while the MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership—a one-year MBA or Master of Science for mid-career professionals—will award degrees to 120 students.

Thirty-five students will receive degrees from the School’s Master of Science in Management Studies program, and 57 students will graduate from its System Design and Management program, a collaboration with MIT’s School of Engineering.

The School’s 13 PhD graduates join doctoral candidates from across MIT Thursday for the Institute’s doctoral hooding ceremony.

Nearing the Mark: MBA Class Gift

Already, 68 percent of the MIT Sloan Class of 2013 has contributed to the class gift, raising $179,186 for the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Class gift officers this year hope to best the 89 percent record held by the Class of 2011.

The class has until June 30 to meet its goal.

“This is the week,” said Hannah Steiman, MBA ’13, who co-chairs the class gift committee. “This is our chance to leave a legacy at MIT Sloan before we’ve even left campus.”

Contributions to the MIT Sloan Annual Fund allow the School’s leadership to direct funds where they will have the most impact, whether that be enhancements to academic programs, the development of new teaching technologies, or facility and campus improvements.

More than 75 percent of students in the Executive MBA program have contributed to their class gift this year, raising $178,000 for the annual fund. And 63 percent of Master of Science in Management Studies students have contributed to their class gift.