25 May 2017

Harvard Business School Celebrates 107th Commencement


BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) held its 107th 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 thirty students received their MBA degrees in front of the School’s Baker Library | Bloomberg Center.

The top five percent of the MBA Class of 2017 (48 students) graduated with high distinction as Baker Scholars (named after the School's initial benefactor, George F. Baker). Seventy-nine earned their diplomas with distinction. One hundred and eighty-two earned second-year honors. One MBA degree was awarded in March 2017 and November 2016.

In addition, six students in the Doctoral Programs were awarded doctorates in business administration (DBA), and nine earned PhD degrees offered jointly with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the fields of business economics, health policy, and organizational behavior. Last November, two students earned a PhD, one in business economics and another in health policy. One student also earned a PhD in Business Economics in March.

In his remarks, Dean Nohria spoke about the role of responsibility, reach, and respect. “The faculty and I join your families, friends, and well-wishers in congratulating you on all you have accomplished during your time with us. We celebrate you, and we wish you good luck as you begin your next adventures. We encourage you to be mindful of your responsibility as leaders at a time when businesses must work to rebuild public trust. We remind you to reach toward ambitious goals that will help solve society’s most pressing problems. And we ask that you respect the people who are most important in your lives and everyone with whom you interact along your road to leadership.”


Cullen Schmitt

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.