Cohort 49 Crosses the Finish Line

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Master of Science in Global Leadership officially welcomed 22 more students to the alumni ranks this past Friday.  Congratulations to the members of Cohort 49, who finished their final project (a real business consulting project with Southern California-based industrial vehicle maker Taylor-Dunn) early on Friday morning.  The group presented their research and a number of business solutions to an impressed Taylor-Dunn executive.  The exercise capped off the final week of classes for the cohort, which brought together distance learners with their resident learner counterparts one last time.

While Friday morning was all business, the afternoon was quite the opposite.  The group, which included seven distance learners, seven women, and a diverse mix of military and civilian leaders, graduated in a light-hearted ceremony held in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.

Cohort 49

At the ceremony, MS in Global Leadership director Bob Schoultz reminded USD’s newest alumni of an Albert Einstein quote, “Education is what remains after everything one has forgotten everything he learned in school.”

Professor Jerry Singleton addressed the group and spoke of Aristotle and intellectual virtue.  Singleton told the story of how he and other University of San Diego leaders started the MS in Global Leadership program in 1999 to serve a specific need and help USD become more relevant to the local business community.

Cohort 49 chose Kevin Edmunds to represent the group as their student speaker.  His remarks included a story of how he instituted a corporate social responsibility project at his own company within the hotel industry, which was very well received.  He reiterated the close relationships he has developed with his cohort and promised to keep in touch with those in his group.

Yancy Lindsey, commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado, gave a few remarks to represent the MS in Global Leadership alumni.  Graduating with Cohort 2 in 2000, Capt. Lindsey completed a program that has evolved into a robust distance learning option, but the basic tenets of the program remain the same.

The cohort chose Dr. Sean O’leary as their “Professor of Impact,” and he spoke to the group about being agents of change.  He challenged the graduates to be outstanding in their chosen field and use this degree to continue learning.  “You never fail,” O’leary said, “unless you quit trying.”

A wonderful reception followed the graduation ceremony, where the nearly 100 guests gathered to celebrate the great accomplishments of the members of Cohort 49.  Congratulations again!

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