2020 Commencement Highlights
A highlight of events and awards from Commencement 2020.
29 May 2020  
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Class Day and Commencement Ceremony

Harvard Business School Celebrates 110th Class Day and Commencement
Yesterday, for the first time in its 112 years, Harvard Business School (HBS) held its Class Day celebrations and 110th Commencement exercises online via livestream.

The livestream featured Class Day speakers, Harvard University’s Degree Conferral Ceremony, and Dean Nitin Nohria’s Commencement address. After Dean Nohria’s address, 932 graduates and their families and guests joined separate livestreams for their section’s diploma ceremony.

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2020 Class Day Distinguished Alumni Speakers

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Alumni Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MBA 1999) and Mezuo O. Nwuneli (MBA 2003), leaders in the African agriculture and nutrition landscape, address the Class of 2020 graduates.

2020 Class Day Student Speaker Claire Wagner

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Claire Wagner (MD/MBA 2020) has been selected as the student speaker for Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Class Day celebration, held this year on Thursday, May 28. Claire was nominated by her peers and her speech was selected out of more than 50 student speeches. She is the first Class Day speaker with a joint degree from the medical school, and the first Class Day speaker to become a mother while at HBS.

MBA Class of 2020 Student Association Co-Presidents Connor Cash and Gaby Goldstein address their class during this year’s virtual Class Day ceremony.

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Nine Harvard Business School Students Win Dean’s Award for Service to the School and Society

Top Row: Rachel Brown, Connor Cash, Gaby Goldstein
Middle Row: Robbie Dixon, Holly Fetter, Alexxis Isaac
Bottom Row: Melanie Sperling, Ben Sullivan, Billy Tabrizi

Rachel Brown, Connor Cash, Robbie Dixon, Holly Fetter, Gaby Goldstein, Alexxis Isaac, Melanie Sperling, Ben Sullivan, and Billy Tabrizi, all members of the Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA Class of 2020, have been named recipients of the School’s Dean’s Award.

Four Harvard Business School Faculty Members Receive Class of 2020 Faculty Teaching Award Honors

Top Row: Josh Margolis, Kristin Mugford
Bottom Row: Ting Zhang, Sophus Reinert

In a vote by the Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA graduating class of 2020, students honored faculty members Josh Margolis, Kristin Mugford, Sophus Reinert, and Ting Zhang with a Faculty Teaching Award for their excellence and dedication to teaching, and for the positive impact they had both and in and out of the classroom.

Leadership Fellows

Top Row: Sarika Mendu, Leonardo Leal, Alexxis Isaac, Rebecca Hansen, Andrew Baxter, Wendy Ying
Middle Row: Sam Fell, Mimi Disipio, Akash Gupta, Christine Keung, Mikal Lewis, Ratnika Prasad
Bottom Row: Liz Su, Perri Smith, Jade Enns, Mark Molewyk, Stefanie McDermott

The Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard Business School (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.

HBS Professors Win Wyss Awards for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students

Robin Ely and Kate Barasz

Two Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty members, Professor Robin Ely and Assistant Professor Kate Barasz, will each receive one of the 13th annual Wyss Awards for Excellence in Mentoring for their work with students in the Doctoral Programs.

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View the commemorative mosaic, which was created with photos capturing memories from this school year. Check out the mosaic.

Congratulations from Alumni of the African-American Student Union

Section Diploma Ceremonies

Visit the HBS YouTube channel to view the diploma ceremonies for each class section.


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