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."