After traveling the world to learn about international business and policy, members of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA class of 2010 returned to Washington, D.C., to graduate from the program July 31.
During the ceremony, 28 students received degrees from Georgetown University and the ESADE Business School in Spain. They are the second class to graduate from the program, which is a partnership among Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service and ESADE Business School.
Graduates were asked by commencement speaker, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, to embrace the responsibility that accompanies the degrees they earned.
“In the end, the predicates that have always pushed the world – and made better lives for people – include having a social conscience,” he said. “Social conscience is your most important responsibility.”
Hagel, who also is a distinguished professor in the practice of national governance at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, reminded the graduates that individuals – and not institutions – change the world. Armed with their newfound knowledge, he said they are now prepared to influence the changing times in which they live as the “leaders of the next generation of the human community.”
During the ceremony, student Rick Frisbie also addressed his classmates, recalling their many shared memories during their studies and global travels.
“We possess the knowledge, character, and confidence to both prevail and surprise,” he said. “I have a profound send of melancholy over the fact that there will be no more classes. Yet, I am emboldened by what I have absorbed, learned, seen, and felt. And, of course, I am grateful for the newborn relationships that will help carry me through life.”
Paul Almeida, an associate professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and co-academic director of the program, told the students to be proud of their many accomplishments.
“Your journey has just begun,” he said. “Please keep that pioneer spirit, that restlessness of discovery. Continue to seek to understand news lands, explore new ways of doing things, embrace new possibilities, and always, always continue to learn.”
The Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA Program is designed around an innovative curriculum that immerses students in the worlds of international business, politics, leadership, and management in eight of the world’s most important centers of business and policy-making: Washington, D.C.; Barcelona; Buenos Aires; Sao Paulo; Bangalore; Madrid; Moscow; and New York City. The program is designed for the highly mobile, global executive student, and it is taught over 14 months in six residency modules spanning four continents. The third class to enroll in the program began its studies in March.
View the webcast of the graduation ceremony.