Yale SOM Celebrates 36th Commencement

The Yale School of Management conferred degrees upon its newest graduates in a diploma ceremony on May 20 that included the inaugural class of the school's Master of Advanced Management program.

In all, 261 students received degrees, including 227 from the full-time MBA program, 14 from the MBA for Executives: Leadership in Healthcare program, and 20 from the Master in Advanced Management (MAM) program.

David Bach, senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs, welcomed the new graduates. Citing today's complex global challenges, Bach said the world needs strong leaders. "As Yale SOM graduates, you are called upon to become leaders for business and society," he said.

Dean Edward A. Snyder made brief remarks before students received their diplomas, saying that the new graduates are up to the challenges of leadership. "You are adaptable and prepared," he told the class. "You know how to analyze problems and connect and listen to diverse voices."

Lauren Coape-Arnold MBA '13 announced the names of the faculty members whom students had selected as the 2012-13 recipients of the Yale SOM Alumni Association Teaching Awards.The two faculty members recognized were: Nicholas C. Barberis, the Stephen & Camille Schramm Professor of Finance, as outstanding teacher in the core curriculum; and Sharon Oster, the Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, as outstanding teacher in an elective class.

One student from each degree program delivered remarks. Davinia Moira Anderson MAM '13 congratulated her fellow MAM graduates for completing a program that she said will have a major impact on their lives. Luis Arias Castrillon MBA '13 urged his classmates to become heroes. "Heroes," he said, "make the life of the people around them better."

Kyle Matthew Bray, MBA '13, representing the Leadership in Healthcare program, encouraged his fellow graduates to leverage all their talent and training to make a real difference in the world. "You now have an advanced degree from one of the most powerful and prestigious institutions in the world," he said. "My hope is that you use it to better that world."