The School of Economics and Business Administration's graduate programs celebrated commencement on Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Saint Mary's Chapel, with the Master of Business Administration program graduating 85 students and the Master of Science in Financial Analysis and Investment Management graduating 14 students.

Rebecca Sallee, associate director of the Mission and Ministry Center, began the proceedings with the invocation, saying "God of the poor, let us remember when we were poor in spirit and in resources." Brother President Ronald Gallagher ended the ceremonies with a speech, remarking, "What does ‘master' mean? It origin is in Latin, meaning ‘teacher' – about that responsibility I want to remind you."

Roy Allen, dean of the School of Economics and Business Administrations and professor of economics, gave the commencement address, saying he celebrates the work of the graduates, the faculty, the College, the College's president and the "village" this community has created not only at the school but on the international level as well.

Allen recapped the current economic situation, predicting "that it will be difficult to recover very strongly from this severe crisis over the next decade because it is occurring at the same time we face other major challenges." He cited climate change and the need for sustainability movements, and challenged the audience with a call to action.

"To the graduates… I say we need you - not only to help us manage our global village and make it sustainable, but also to make it safe and humane, especially for those less fortunate than ourselves."

Karen J. Maggio, a 1984 alumna of the Saint Mary's graduate business program, spoke of how her degree has remained relevant to her work, and reminded graduates to remain conscious of improving the community.

Almost 20 percent of the graduating class received honors. To qualify, a student must have a 3.75 grade point average or receive honors in five courses. There were 10 international students from Croatia, Austria, Mexico and Indonesia who graduated.

Thomas Brandl of Vienna, Austria, enrolled at Saint Mary's because he wanted a high quality education at a reasonable price. He incorporated his thesis work, focused on organization of human resource departments, into his job at AVL, the largest, privately owned engine development company.

"There is a wonderful climate here in the cohort from the faculty. There is deep, personal contact with faculty. We are not used to that in Europe," Brandl said.

-- Caitlin Graveson '11

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Photo by Gorbachev Lingad '10

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