MIT Sloan graduates largest class ever

June 8, 2012

graduating students

MIT Sloan this week 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.

“At MIT Sloan, we graduate professionals with the skills, capability, and inclination to improve the world,” said John C Head III Dean David Schmittlein. “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.”

Graduates joined the MIT community at large in Killian Court Friday morning for the Institute's 146th Commencement, which featured a speech from Salman Khan, MIT ‘98, the founder of Khan Academy. But the School also hosted a series of more intimate celebrations.

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

At MBA Convocation, held Thursday at the Boston Opera House, Martin Trust, SM ’58, told graduates that an MIT Sloan education is the cornerstone to a fulfilling life and career.

“The Sloan education doesn’t teach you all the things that you need to know,” Trust told graduates. “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 about what you think you know already, but rather what you are capable of learning,” he said.

The MBA convocation included graduates of the Leaders for Global Operations program, a dual-degree program between MIT Sloan and the MIT School of Engineering. In total, 401 graduates received an MBA.

The intensive, one-year Master of Finance program held its convocation for 70 graduates Thursday at Wong Auditorium on the MIT Sloan campus.

On Thursday evening, the first graduating class of the School’s new Executive MBA program gathered for a celebratory reception at the MIT Faculty Club. A rigorous, 20-month program with an emphasis on applied learning, the Executive MBA is tailored for active mid-career executives. Drawing from the faculty and curriculum of MIT Sloan’s vaunted MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, the program is conducted over four one-week modules and 26 weekend sessions, all on campus. The program awarded 62 degrees.

The MIT Sloan Fellows program, which graduated 102 this year, held a reception for graduates and their families at the MIT Faculty Club on Friday afternoon.

The School also graduated 22 students from its Master of Science in Management Studies program, and 56 students from its System Design and Management program, a collaboration with MIT’s School of Engineering.

The School’s six PhD candidates joined doctoral candidates from across MIT on Thursday for the Institute’s Doctoral hooding ceremony.

The 44 undergraduates in Course XV (Management) also walked the stage Friday morning and gathered for a lunch celebration in Cambridge Friday afternoon.