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McDonough School of Business MBA Commencement 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014 12:30 p.m. ET

May 16, 2014 – Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, challenged the more than 300 students graduating from the McDonough School of Business’ graduate-level programs today to become “the kind of leaders whose actions rebuild trust in our global institutions.”

Noting the low level of trust of the public in business and government, he quoted Bank of New England and former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, who said, “Trust arrives on foot, but leaves in a Ferrari.”

“We need you to get into the Ferrari, turn it in reverse and bring trust back into our institutions,” said Ferguson, who also encouraged the graduates to stay active in learning throughout their careers.

The graduates earned MBA, Executive MBA and Executive Master’s in Leadership (EML) degrees.

Ferguson received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

“In the past 21 months I have grown tremendously,” said MBA graduate Carson Davis (G’14), who will work for Bain & Company, a global  management consulting firm, after graduation. “Not only do I feel like I am ready to lead an organization, I believe Georgetown has given me the tools and the network to positively affect the globe.”

Another student said she will miss the camaraderie of her classmates and the insightful dialogue and discussion Georgetown fostered.

“It has been such an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to learn, to travel, and to grow alongside 30 inspiring, experienced, and insightful classmates,” said Lisa Pence (G’14), an EML graduate who will continue working as upper school division director at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. “The diversity and richness of our collective professional and personal backgrounds made the past 14 months all the more challenging, rewarding and fun.”

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