2019 Commencement Highlights
Harvard Business School (HBS) held its 109th Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 30, with a diploma ceremony on its campus in Boston in which 935 students received their MBA degrees and 17 students were awarded doctoral degrees in front of the School’s Baker Library | Bloomberg Center. See below for videos of speeches, award ceremonies, and other multi-media from the various events:
30 May 2019  
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Commencement Ceremony

HBS Celebrates 109th Commencement

Dean Nitin Nohria Addresses the Class of 2019 - Remarks as prepared

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Five HBS Students Win Dean’s Award for Service to the School and Society - Neel Ghose, Lindsey Morrow, Amanda Tyson and Megan Williams, all members of the HBS MBA Class of 2019, have been named recipients of the School’s Dean’s Award. Alexandra Feldberg, a graduating doctoral student in the field of organizational behavior, has been honored with the HBS Doctoral Program’s Dean’s Award.

(LtoR): Michael G. Mullen, Marla Beck, Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui, Tracy P. Palandjian, and Michael R. Bloomberg
Photo: Susan Young

Alumni Achievement Awards - HBS today conferred its most important honor, the Alumni Achievement Award, on five distinguished graduates as part of the Class Day ceremony for the MBA Class of 2019, who will receive their degrees tomorrow at Commencement. This year’s Award recipients are Marla Beck (MBA/MPA 1998), CEO of Bluemercury, Inc., a luxury beauty retail chain she cofounded in 1999; Michael R. Bloomberg (MBA 1966), founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City; Michael G. Mullen (AMP 109, 1991), the 17th chairman of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Tracy P. Palandjian (MBA 1997), CEO and cofounder of Social Finance, a nonprofit impact investing organization dedicated to mobilizing capital to drive social progress; and Álvaro Rodríguez Arregui (MBA 1995), managing partner of IGNIA, a venture capital firm he cofounded in 2007 that invests in entrepreneurs who are bringing goods and services to Mexico’s emerging middle class.

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Leadership Fellows -The Leadership Fellows Program at HBS is based on University Professor Michael Porter’s vision of developing a network of HBS graduates with cross-sector experience who are committed to addressing societal issues throughout their careers. The Fellowship is a two-way commitment in which graduating students are offered once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience high-impact management positions in nonprofit and public sector organizations for one year at a competitive salary. At the same time, the hiring organizations leverage the experience, energy, and strategic and analytical skills of MBAs in roles that produce immediate results and build long-term capacity.

The 2019-20 HBS Leadership Fellows
Photo: Ann Hermes

Class Day Ceremonies

MBA Class of 2019 Celebrates Class Day

MBA Class of 2019 Student Association Co-Presidents Triston Francis and Sana Mohammed address their class on Wednesday, May 29, during the 2019 Class Day program.

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Brandon Rapp (MBA 2018) gives the HBS Class Day student address Wednesday, May 29, 2019.

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Brandon Rapp (MBA 2019) was selected as the student speaker for HBS’s Class Day celebration, held this year on Wednesday, May 29. At HBS, Rapp co-directed the African American Student Union’s 46th Annual H. Naylor Fitzhugh conference and was selected as an HBS Social Enterprise Summer Fellow. In the video below, he reflects on his journey to HBS, the support of his family, and the importance of connecting the dots for others through teaching.

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Michael R. Bloomberg (MBA 1966), founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, three-term mayor of New York City, and one of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients, speaks to the MBA Class of 2019.

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