McDonough School Celebrates Inaugural MBA Evening Program Commencement

September 29, 2008 mba_graduation

Kote Lomidze of World Vision joins fellow graduates of the Georgetown MBA Evening Program Class of 2008 at Commencement ceremony on September 13 in Gaston Hall

Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business celebrated the inaugural Commencement ceremony for its highly-regarded MBA Evening Program on Saturday, September 13. Held in historic Gaston Hall, the commencement granted MBA degrees to 52 current and future leaders in the Washington, DC business community.

Class valedictorian Brett Leffler topped a class of high-achievers, with nine of the Evening Program's graduates becoming members of the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society.

The ceremony featured a keynote address by J. Richard Fredericks, Georgetown alumnus and former US Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Ambassador Fredericks noted the economic uncertainty greeting graduates but said the times demanded embracing change and giving something back. Quoting Winston Churchill, he said, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."

The MBA Evening Program is an accredited, rigorous, three-year program that offers its students the academic excellence, leadership-oriented education and close-knit community the McDonough School of Business is known for. Students from diverse backgrounds enjoy the business school's full academic and professional resources, as well as residencies, social activities and overseas travel and consulting opportunities.

A distinctive feature of this part-time program is that every student graduates with substantive international consulting experience. Graduates must research and prepare a solution to a problem facing an overseas organization, then travel to the organization's location for a final presentation to client executives. This year's graduates traveled to India last summer to present their findings to the Indian offices of 3M, Yahoo!, The World Bank, Infosys, the Indian National Stock Exchange, and other organizations.

All MBA Evening Program courses are held on the Georgetown campus, creating a strong student-faculty interaction that enables the kind of mentoring and individualized attention for which McDonough is known. Employers consistently say that students of the MBA Evening Program become more valuable, more focused and more capable of taking on leadership roles in their organizations.