The newest students in Yale SOM’s residential master’s degree programs filled the Edward P. Evans Hall’s courtyard on August 14 for welcoming remarks and advice from school leaders. The morning event kicked off the school’s weeklong orientation program.
Anjani Jain, deputy dean for academic programs and professor in the practice of management, told the students that the day marked an important new chapter in their lives.
“Your presence here is a testament…to your aspiration to make a lasting contribution to both private enterprise and the public good,” Jain said, echoing Yale SOM’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.
In attendance were new members of the full-time MBA, Master of Advanced Management, Master’s in Global Business and Society, Master’s in Systemic Risk, and Master’s in Asset Management programs. New students in the MBA for Executives program began their Yale SOM careers last month.
Jain told the new students that they will find Yale SOM’s curriculum to be both academically rigorous and applicable to real-world settings.
“Management problems require practical solutions, yet they are beset by ever-changing complexities,” he said. Yale SOM classrooms resonate with “the belief that good teaching is guided by deep scholarship and by engagement with management challenges.”
Sherilyn Scully, assistant dean for academic affairs and student life, said that she was “thrilled” to have the new classes on campus. She wished the students a warm welcome and introduced their orientation activity leaders.
Scully also introduced each degree program class, describing the diverse, international, and accomplished members of each cohort.
The rest of the week’s events and activities include team-building exercises, social outings, campus tours, and introductions to student life opportunities. The new students will also hear addresses from Carlos Reyes ’04, managing director at Palladium Equity Partners, and Yale President Peter Salovey.