30 May 2019

Harvard Business School Celebrates 109th Commencement

Photo: Russ Campbell

BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) held its 109th Commencement exercises this afternoon with a diploma ceremony on its campus in Boston.

After an all-University celebration in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre this morning, 935 students received their MBA degrees in front of the School’s Baker Library | Bloomberg Center.

Photo: Russ Campbell

The top five percent of the MBA Class of 2019 (50 students) graduated with high distinction as Baker Scholars (named after the School's initial benefactor, George Fisher Baker). 75 earned their diplomas with distinction. 186 earned second-year honors. 7 MBA degrees were awarded this past March.

In addition, six students in the Doctoral Programs were awarded doctorates in business administration (DBA), and 14 earned PhD degrees offered jointly with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences in the fields of business economics, health policy, and organizational behavior. In November 2018, one student received their DBA in November 2018 and two students received their PhD degrees in November 2018.

Photo: Russ Campbell

In his Commencement remarks today, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria spoke about the role of inspiration, integrity, and impact. “As we anticipate the lives you will lead when you depart this campus, I can only hope your time here has had a transformative impact on you and that you leave feeling ready to have an equally transformative impact on others,” he said. “Whichever path you choose, we hope you will work every day in a manner that inspires others. Help restore society’s trust in business. ”


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.