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Maya Angelou Addresses Global Executive MBA Graduates

July 30, 2012 – Maya Angelou, the acclaimed poet, novelist, educator, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist, spoke to graduating Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) students at a Saturday afternoon ceremony.

The ceremony also was attended by her son, Guy Johnson, and her grandson, Colin Johnson – one of the graduates. Angelou’s original name was Marguerite Johnson.

Angelou told stories about her experiences and told the graduates how much they were appreciated.

“You’re here because there’s a charge you have,” she said, “… and the charge is … to make this country more than it is today, more than what James Baldwin called “These yet to be United States.”  … that’s part of your charge …to make this world a better world. …Young men and women, we need you.”

GEMBA students graduate with two MBA diplomas and a global mindset. In partnership with the School of Foreign Service, the McDonough School of Business and the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, the program goes beyond traditional models to deliver an MBA that capitalizes on global learning.

Students are educated in the essentials of a world-class MBA degree provided in an innovative format through six two-week modules at locations around the world.


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