20 Apr 2016

Harvard Business School’s 2016 Class Day Student Speaker Announced

Marcelle Goncalves Meira

BOSTON—Marcelle de Souza Goncalves Meira (MBA 2016) has been chosen as the student speaker for Harvard Business School’s Class Day celebration, which will be held this year on Wednesday, May 25.

A second-year MBA student from Brazil, Marcelle graduated from the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA) in Sao Jose Dos Campos with a degree in aeronautical and mechanical engineering. Before coming to Harvard Business School, she worked as a senior associate for the Boston Consulting Group’s office in Rio De Janiero.

Marcelle was the wife of the late Pedro Meira, a second-year HBS student who passed away last September after a heroic battle with cancer. She plans to devote her speech to sharing what she learned from her own experience at HBS, particularly the importance of fully appreciating life.

Marcelle was chosen by her peers through an audition process that included more than 50 student speeches.

Class Day honors graduating HBS students on the day before the School’s and University’s official Commencement ceremonies.

The proceedings are open to graduates, their guests, and the Harvard Business School community. More information is available on the Commencement website.


Christian Camerota

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.