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More Than 200 MBA and Other Masters Degree Candidates Participate in Spring '09 Commencement and Awards Ceremony

May 14, 2009
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More than 200 MBA and other master’s degree candidates participated in spring commencement ceremonies May 14. Those awarded MBA degrees included 105 graduates from the School’s Full-time MBA Program and 25 graduates from the Executive MBA Program in Delray Beach. Also participating were 41 MBA candidates in the School’s MBA for Working Professionals Program and 32 MBA and MS candidates in the Spanish language Master of Science in Professional Management-MBA (MSPM) Program who will receive degrees this summer.
Commencement speaker Isaac Prilleltensky, dean of the School of Education, spoke about well being, noting the significant disparity in well being between the rich and poor living in the same communities. As a prolific psychologist, educator, and scholar, Prilleltensky has broken new ground in developing community-based approaches to psychological and social health and he encouraged graduates to do their own part.

“‘Canes, we trust that you will do your best to promote not just the qualities of well being, but also equality in well being,” said Prilleltensky. “Control, voice and choice are not just good qualities for you personally, but for all the people around you… the world expects much of you and so do we, your mentors at UM,” added Prilleltensky in closing.

 MBA Graduates  

 Members of the MBA for Working Professionals Program class of 2009
 show their UM pride during the graduate commencement celebration.


Immediately following the ceremony, the newly-minted MBAs, other graduates, family and friends joined School of Business faculty and administrators for an evening awards reception outside the School. Awards were presented to outstanding faculty and the top graduates in the various programs.

“While most of the recognition goes to you individually, we asked you to also identify those people whom you thought made a special difference to your experience,” said Anuj Mehrotra, vice dean for graduate business programs, in opening remarks. “I am thrilled to say that there were many people whom you identified, but today, we recognize that one special individual in each category who you picked as a group.”


Ronnie Farzad presents the Outstanding Teaching Award to Royce Burnett (left) on behalf of the graduating full-time MBA class.


The full-time MBA class honored Royce Burnett, assistant professor of accounting, as the outstanding faculty member among those teaching core classes and A. Parasuraman, the James W. McLamore Chair in Marketing, as the outstanding elective course professor. The graduates from the Delray Beach Executive MBA program honored Linda Neider, professor of management, with their outstanding teacher award.

Participants in the 2009 MSPM-MBA class honored Ricardo Rodriguez, associate professor of finance, as its outstanding teacher, while the MSPM-MBA class of 2008 honored Joseph Ganitsky, research professor in management, with the award.

The top graduates were also presented with awards from their classmates. Those with the highest grade point averages earned the Valedictorian Award; those who demonstrated strong initiative, commitment, passion and leadership among their peers were presented with the Leadership Award; and those identified as individuals who “glued each group together” as a class – displaying both serious dedication and dynamic enthusiasm – were honored with the Super Glue Award.

Full-time MBA graduates Supreet Singh Arora, and Shawn Ryan Frost, who both earned GPAs just shy of 4.0, were honored with their class’s Valedictorian Award, Joble Mathews George earned the Leadership Award, and Jeremy Roth Blechman was presented with the Super Glue Award.

Amy Goodwin, who earned a GPA of nearly 4.0, was honored with the Valedictorian Award for the Delray Beach Executive MBA class, while Ira Bornstein and Mohamad Ghaddar each received the Leadership Award. Juan Uribe was selected for the Super Glue Award.

Participants in the MSPM-MBA class selected Roland Klober for their Leadership Award and Carlos Llanera for their Super Glue Award.

The School of Business delivers its full-time MBA, MBA for Working Professionals, Executive MBA (EMBA) and MSPM-MBA programs at the main campus in Coral Gables. The EMBA program is also delivered in Orlando, Tampa and Palm Beach (formerly Delray Beach). The School plans to expand the EMBA program to Puerto Rico, pending approval by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education.

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