News & Notes

The Richmond MBA

June 3, 2014

Dr. Richard Coughlan

MBA Community:

We celebrated a milestone in the history of The Richmond MBA on May 10 when, for the first time, we held our own commencement ceremony to honor our graduates. The Ukrop Auditorium provided a perfect venue and every seat was filled. Each person who participated in or attended the event will hold onto mental snapshots from throughout that day to accompany the many photographs and videos that have been posted on social media and shared with family and friends. 

One of the most lasting images for me occurred when I was on stage preparing for the graduates to receive their diplomas. At the podium to my left, Dean Bagranoff asked the degree recipients to rise and I found myself looking directly into the faces of 43 individuals. As I scanned the faces, so many memories came immediately to mind. One face took me all the way back to when he was a prospective student and we had a conversation after an information session about his excitement to start graduate school. A few faces over, I pictured a couple of students meeting each other at Opening Residency three years ago. Looking at the row behind them, I recalled a conversation from a couple of years ago in my office with one student who had just landed a huge promotion. Every face had a story and it was neat for me to have those memories come to life unexpectedly at that moment just before they received their degrees.

In the three weeks since that ceremony took place, I have reflected on the tremendous sense of community that was evident in the hours before, during and after commencement. In some ways, it surpassed the feelings each of us experiences in the rotunda at The Jefferson Hotel each December when our students and alumni gather to celebrate the end of another year. As we wrap up another admissions cycle and prepare to welcome a new class in August, I look forward to the many memories they will make together.

Richard Coughlan

Senior Associate Dean
Robins School of Business

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