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Hundreds of Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Students Participate in Fall Commencement

December 18, 2008
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Undergraduates celebrate at Commencement reception
Members of the undergraduate class of 2008 celebrate their achievement at a reception following commencement hosted by the School of Business.
The School of Business graduated nearly 300 undergraduate, masters, and PhD degree candidates during UM’s fall commencement exercises Thursday, Dec. 18. The graduates included more than 163 undergraduates and nearly 150 MBAs among nearly 800 graduates university wide.

Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation, former president of the University of Pennsylvania, and former provost of Yale University, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which was held at the BankUnited Center. Rodin graduated from Penn and received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Before speaking, Rodin was granted an honorary UM doctoral degree. In her address, she spoke of the challenges and opportunities that have resulted from globalization and the increasingly connected world.

“This has sparked profound changes in how we learn and share knowledge,” said Rodin speaking before an audience estimated at 6,000. “The implications are incredibly far reaching.”
 Judith Rodin, fall '08 commencement speaker
Fall 2008 commencement
ceremony keynote speaker,
Judith Rodin.

Rodin called on the graduating students to become good citizens. She noted that many had already made such a commitment, citing a report that 70 percent of UM undergraduates had participated in community service as students.

“You prepared yourselves here for lifetimes of doing good, not just doing well,” she said. “You are privileged to be graduating, not only at a time when so many things are changing, but when you have the opportunity to change thing for the better,” said Rodin in conclusion.

Following the commencement exercises, graduates and their families joined the School’s faculty and staff at a reception at the Cesarano Plaza.

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