~Today is not the end but the beginning of something new ~ Class 2017 Full-Time MBA has graduated!
On Saturday, 19 August, the Copenhagen MBA class of 2017 gathered for their final important task of donning caps and gowns in celebration of earning the universally respected qualification – The MBA Degree. Proud friends and family arrived from all corners of the globe to eagerly await the procession of faculty and graduates. Emotions ran high throughout the ceremony and feelings of joy and pride was felt, both on stage and amongst the audience.
CBS MBA Director and host Poul Hedegaard opened the celebrations with a big welcome ~Today is not the end but the beginning of something new ~ Indeed, it is a new beginning for many of the MBA graduates who will be embarking on new adventures.
CBS Full-time MBA Associate Dean Birte Larsen addressed the graduates and families by thanking the class and teaching staff for creating an excellent and diverse MBA environment. “We should embrace diversity in a way to make us wiser, not only in the classroom, but also in society in general.”
Highest GPA Award:
She then presented the award for the highest GPA to Martin Haupt – who is the youngest MBA student admitted in the programme and also the 4th German student in 5 years to receive this award.
Teacher of the year:
Peter Møllgaard, Dean of Research at CBS, introduced the prestigious Teacher-of-the-Year Award to Professor, PhD Dana Minbaeva, of the Human Resource Management course. “Dana made us fall in love with the least likely subject – HR - and she is the type of professor every MBA programme should have,” students commented.
“I am honoured to receive this award”. Dana went on to say, “There is no straight line where you are today and where you will be in 20 years so do not rush, take the time to build your career – Look backwards, sideways, reflect & grow. Work on your skills not on your resume and not if - but when - you become CEO – set the bar high and lean in. You have the whole world in front of you – make it yours.”
Student of the Year:
Charlotte Fly Andersen, Chairman of the CBS MBA Alumni Society, the largest MBA network in Scandinavia, congratulated the graduates on having regained their freedom and welcomed them into the MBA afterlife. She had the pleasure of introducing the class-elected Student-of-the-Year, Diego Chavez, who was nominated by his fellow MBAs for his extraordinary contributions to creating a positive learning environment and achieving high academic results.
“I am honoured to receive this award, and I think it is important to recognise our families because without them we would not be here and I also want to thank all of you (MBAs) because you made me learn a lot and I look forward to seeing all of you in 20 years.”
Rikke Sick Børgesen Hoffman from Implement Consulting, responsible for the Leadership Program presented the Leadership award to student Utkarsh Dubey, who had demonstrated outstanding physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy in the class.”
“My experience in the LDP process has been more of a journey – self-awareness and the way I interact & respond to various situations. Leadership is not only about leading others but also about leading oneself.”
CBS MBA Director Poul Hedegaard sent the students off with an inspirational quote “You should always shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.”