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Fall ’10 Graduates Get Advice from World-Famous Entertainer Gloria Estefan

December 17, 2010
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Gloria Estefan addresses graduates.

Nearly 200 School of Business students received newly minted degrees and advice from Gloria Estefan at their December 16 fall commencement ceremony.

The School’s graduates, which included nearly 80 undergraduate and 109 MBA students, were among about 800 graduates from across the University who listened to the Estefan, a 1978 UM graduate, speak during the ceremony at the BankUnited Center.

“I was at a crossroads,” said Estefan, telling the students that she was faced with the uncertainty of having to make a difficult choice—whether to enroll in graduate school for clinical psychology, study international law in Paris, which would have meant leaving her mother and sister to care for an ailing father and leaving the man with whom she was falling in love.

“I imagine that many of you here today are facing that very same fork in the road, that crossroad that, depending on what decision you make, may change or affect the rest of your life,” she said.

Estefan, who exploded onto the pop scene in 1985 as the dynamic front woman of the groundbreaking Miami Sound Machine, told students that she ultimately decided to “choose with my heart, not just with my head.”

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“That gut feeling is one of the most useful tools that we experience,” explained Estefan, a UM trustee who also received an honorary degree from UM in 1993. “It’s important to listen to it…Each of you has an amazing opportunity to affect the world with your actions and decisions.”

UM President Donna E. Shalala also had a message for the graduates. “I hope your experience here has awakened and nurtured your passion, your hopes, your values, and your sense of responsibility for the world that we live in,” she said.

After the commencement ceremony, a reception was held at the School of Business for its graduates and their friends and family. MBA students kicked of commencement activities earlier in the week with an awards ceremony honoring top students.

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