Graduate Business Commencement Celebrated

Photography by Gorbachev Lingad '10

The School of Economics and Business Administration's graduate programs celebrated commencement on Oct. 11, 2009, in the Saint Mary's Chapel, with 85 students graduating from the Master of Business Administration program and 14 from the Master of Science in Financial Analysis and Investment Management.

Brother President Ronald Gallagher asked in his address, "What does ‘master' mean? It's origin is in Latin, meaning ‘teacher' — about that responsibility I want to remind you."

Roy Allen, former SEBA dean and a professor of economics, said in his address that he celebrates the work of the graduates, the faculty, the College, Brother Ronald and the "village" that SMC has created both in Moraga and internationally.

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 he 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 MBA '84, 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 by having a 3.75 GPA or receiving honors in five courses. Ten international students from Croatia, Austria, Mexico and Indonesia 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 world's largest privately owned engine development company.

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