29 May 2014

Harvard Business School Celebrates 104th Commencement

Photo: Russ Campbell

BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) held its 104th Commencement exercises this afternoon with a diploma ceremony on its campus in Boston. Following an all-University celebration in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre this morning, nine hundred and one students received their MBA degrees in front of the School’s iconic Baker Library | Bloomberg Center. In addition, eight students were awarded doctorates in business administration (DBA), while seven earned PhD degrees offered jointly and in collaboration with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the fields of business economics, health policy, and organizational behavior.

The top five percent of the MBA Class of 2014 (48 students) graduated with high distinction as Baker Scholars (named after the School's initial benefactor, George F. Baker). Eighty-three earned their diplomas with distinction. Six MBA degrees were awarded last March.

In his remarks to the graduates, Dean Nitin Nohria spoke about the importance of truth, trust, and thankfulness in creating value in the world. “The faculty and I join your families in congratulating you on all you have accomplished during your time with us. We celebrate you, and we wish you good fortune as you begin your next adventures. Remember, leadership is about competence and character, and as you think about continuing to build your character in the years ahead, I hope you will reflect on how the three Ts can help in this work. Seek the truth in all that you do; create and build relationships grounded in trust; and show thankfulness for the many blessings in your lives. Be assured that everyone here at HBS will be rooting for you to become leaders who will make a difference in the world and in the lives of those you touch.”

About Harvard Business School

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.