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Video: McDonough School of Business MBA Commencement 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013 12:30 p.m. ET

May 17, 2013 – More than 400 graduates of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business’ MBA programs received their degrees during this afternoon’s commencement ceremony.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia conferred degrees upon 251 graduates receiving master’s degrees from the university’s full-time MBA, 122 from the evening program, 44 from the executive MBA program and 26 from the executive master’s in leadership program.

Mauro L. I. Vieira, ambassador of Brazil to the U.S., delivered this year’s address to the MBA Class of 2013 after receiving the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

He expressed the importance of the roles their Georgetown educations will play in the world.

“I am sure that the knowledge and values at Georgetown University will inspire decisions you will make as professionals,” Vieira said. “The world you face as you start your professional experience … is fascinating. We live in a world that is increasingly challenging in various dimensions and for that matter represent a new and fascinating adventure that will require from you creativity, social responsibility, compassion, and humility.”

Jim Kyle (G’13), a graduate of the executive master’s in leadership program, works as a health systems administrator for Wexford Health Services, based in Pittsburgh. He said his experience in the program transformed him as a leader.

“I really enjoyed the program as a whole, not just faculty, not just students, but the overall interaction with everybody,” he said. “I recommend it for seasoned leaders that need to come back and say ‘OK. Let’s update my skills.’ ”

Ema Kamara (G’13), a graduate of the full-time MBA program, said her graduation day was the culmination of two years of work at the McDonough School of Business.

“We came in, and they said it would be a transformational experience,” she recalled. “I think [today] is the realization of delivering on that promise. Being with the entire class again, probably for the first time since our opening residency, brings home how much we have all grown.”

Kamara will participate in the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Incubator Program this summer and will join Deloitte Human Capital in the fall.

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