Johnson’s 66th Commencement Ceremonies Celebrated the Accomplishments of Graduating Students and Faculties


On May 25, Dean Soumitra Dutta lauded the accomplishments of Johnson’s 66th graduating class and announced the faculty awards in his commencement speeches for Johnson’s Residential MBA Programs and the Executive MBA Programs.

During the Residential MBA Program commencement, degrees were conferred upon 7 PhD and 513 MBA candidates, including 48 Accelerated MBA and 24 dual-degree candidates. Dutta applauded the graduating students for their engagement with the community, their stellar performance in professional competitions, and their exceptional entrepreneurial spirit. He listed such examples as the Johnson Board Fellows, Park Leadership Fellows, Cayuga MBA Fund, Big Red Venture Fund, and entrepreneurial projects, including Pick2Pay, Sunn, and Traffio.

Commencement for Johnson’s Executive MBA programs included 60 graduates from the Cornell Executive MBA program and 123 from the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program. “Your ability to earn this MBA degree, while exceling at demanding careers and as you were nurturing relationships with family, colleagues, and friends, is testimony to your ability to juggle multiple priorities,” said Dutta.

This year’s commencement ceremonies also called out the achievements of numerous outstanding faculty members. Among them, Vishal Gaur, professor of operations management, was named recipient of the 2013 Research Award. His research deals with retail operations and supply chain management and his research papers have earned him awards such as “best paper” and “best dissertation.”

The Globe Award for Teaching Excellence, awarded by Cornell Executive MBA students, went to James Detert, associate professor of management and organization; Roger Wright, associate professor of management science at Queen’s School of Business; and Yaniv Grinstein, Breazzano Family Term Professor of Management and associate professor of finance.

Near the end of both commencement ceremonies, Dutta congratulated the graduating class: “You are a remarkable group, and I am privileged to have you as the first graduating class of my tenure as dean.” He asked the graduates to “stay engaged with the school and university. You are the living brand of Johnson at Cornell University,” he said, “the best illustration to future MBAs of what it means to earn a degree here and to carry it into the world.”

Johnson’s commencement ceremonies are a part of Cornell Graduation Weekend 2013. The complete coverage of Cornell University’s 2013 Commencement is available online.


— Yuezhou Huo ’15, student intern in Marketing and Communications at Johnson

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