Today marks the finale for the class of 2011. The papers are turned in, projects are complete, finals are done and our students are ready to head out into their new places of work. After hours of meeting with study groups, working on MBA+ projects, leading organization meetings, traveling on global trips and tackling academic challenges, the class of 2011 made it!
To celebrate this accomplishment, last night we gathered at the same location where we kicked it all off two years ago, the Salt Lick to eat delicious bar-b-que and to enjoy each other’s company. It was a fantastic event and we loved learning how the dreams that the students wrote in their admissions essays three years ago are coming to fruition today.
Tonight we will witness all of the MBAs walking the stage in Gregory Gym to receive their diplomas. We will also get to hear from our keynote speaker, Texas MBA alumni from the class of 1999, Erik Qualman. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business. Erik is a renowned speaker that has spoken with some business’s greatest leaders. Check out his video on the Social Media Revolution, http://www.socialnomics.net/2010/05/05/social-media-revolution-2-refresh/.
Tomorrow, graduates from all over The University of Texas at Austin will meet around the tower for the University Commencement Ceremony. The tower will be lit burnt orange with 11 on all four sides celebrating this exciting accomplishment. Fireworks will be displayed and the Eyes of Texas will be sung one last time as a student.
Congratulations class of 2011! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to hear about the many places you’ll go, people you’ll meet and companies you’ll lead!