Manhattanville College Hosts Its Doctoral, Masters Commencement

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Nearly 400 students process through historic Reid Castle before receiving their degrees at Manhattanville College’s doctoral and masters commencement, Thursday, May 15.
Nearly 400 students process through historic Reid Castle before receiving their degrees at Manhattanville College’s doctoral and masters commencement, Thursday, May 15. Photo Credit: Contributed
Manhattanville College students process through historic Reid Castle before receiving their degrees.
Manhattanville College students process through historic Reid Castle before receiving their degrees. Photo Credit: Contributed
Manhattanville College Jon Strauss, right, awards commencement speaker and Manhattanville alumnus John Shaw, with an honorary degree.
Manhattanville College Jon Strauss, right, awards commencement speaker and Manhattanville alumnus John Shaw, with an honorary degree. Photo Credit: Contributed
Manhattanville College President Jon Strauss announces the renaming of Manhattanville’s graduate school to The School of Business.
Manhattanville College President Jon Strauss announces the renaming of Manhattanville’s graduate school to The School of Business. Photo Credit: Contributed
Manhattanville College graduate students listen during the ceremony.
Manhattanville College graduate students listen during the ceremony. Photo Credit: Contributed
A Manhattanville College graduate student celebrates the conferment of his degree.
A Manhattanville College graduate student celebrates the conferment of his degree. Photo Credit: Contributed

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Nearly 400 students graduated and received degrees at the doctoral and masters commencement at Manhattanville College on Thursday, May 15. 

The keynote speaker, John Shaw, IBM vice president of finance for the Western United States, and Manhattanville alumnus, class of 1980, was the recipient of an honorary degree.

Additionally, college President Jon Strauss announced the name change of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. 

“It is with great pleasure that I announce that the board of trustees has approved that the School of Graduate and Professional Studies change its name to the School of Business,” Strauss announced.

Anthony Davidson, the dean of the School of Business added, "The name change reflects the evolution and responsiveness of its curriculum over the past 20 years to the needs of today's business. We equip our graduate students with the applied skills to become business leaders."

Shaw delivered a practical and encouraging message on the four most important aspects of life and business: listening, learning, leading and loving.

“Good leaders have intellect, drive and passion. Great leaders are able to motivate individuals, teams and organizations to perform at a level they never thought they were capable of,” said Shaw.

“Resolve now to love what you do, learn from your challenges and your mistakes and maintain a work/life balance with friends and family. You’re to become the next generation of leaders."

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