June 25, 2001

UCLA Anderson Honors its 60th Graduating Class

Los Angeles — After marching to the mystical sounds of bagpipes, MBA students in the 60th graduating class received their diplomas during UCLA Anderson's 2001 commencement ceremony June 15.

Dean Bruce G. Willison conferred degrees upon nearly 300 full-time MBA students during the two-hour ceremony in Wilson Plaza, which was filled with more than 3,000 alumni, family, friends and fellow students. Along with the full-time MBA students, 137 students in the Fully-Employed MBA Program received MBA degrees. Nearly 70 students in the Executive MBA Program were listed in the program and will receive their degrees in a Sept. 16 ceremony. In addition, UCLA Anderson awarded five Ph.D. degrees in management and five Master of Science degrees in management.

In congratulating the graduates, Willison noted that he and the 2001 class came to UCLA Anderson at about the same time. "This is my first full class to graduate. I want to say thank you for what I have learned from and about you," he said. "I believe now more than ever that what happens here in educating all of you is a worthy effort that will pay dividends for individuals and communities for decades to come."

Willison said the MBA graduates had the fortune of being in one of the world's leading schools of management during two business revolutions — first the buzz about changed management paradigms of the "New Economy," then the "dot.bomb" and the return of the business cycle.

"More so than many of the recent classes before you, you leave with a more settled view of the realism of the marketplace, albeit with no less alacrity to make your mark in it," Dean Willison said. "No matter if it's the new economy, old economy or our next economy, you are prepared to take advantage of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

The graduates also heard words of inspiration from financier and philanthropist Gary Winnick, who gave the keynote address. Winnick, who is chairman and founder of Global Crossing Ltd., which provides communications platforms and value-added services to global corporations, asked the graduates if they were prepared to meet the challenge of global development.

"Can we meet that challenge not by turning our back on the fundamental premise of the free market, but by extending that premise — that promise to the whole world?" he asked. "My answer is not only that we can, but that we must."

Winnick listed three key areas in which the graduates can make a difference: exporting technology, exporting democracy and exporting humanity. He encouraged the graduates to have passion — and patience.

"As new business school grads, I know the word patience isn't in your vocabulary. But it's really key," Winnick said. "Have patience. Pick your spot. And then be persistent ...."

The Dean's Award for Outstanding Service was presented to Iain Corby, who was voted by his classmates as having contributed the most to the overall experience in the full-time MBA Program. A native of Great Britain, Corby assisted in student selection and recruitment efforts in various ways, most notably as a student member of the admissions committee and as UCLA Anderson Days chair last year. He was elected Vice President for Internal Affairs of the UCLA Anderson Student Association.

Eric Mokover, assistant dean and director of the full-time MBA Program, said Corby made a difference in many ways, including facilitating parking, developing new ways for students to schedule breakout rooms for group meetings, and serving as stage manager for Cabaret 2000.

The Dean's Award for Outstanding Service in the Fully-Employed MBA Program went to Grady M. Smith.

The full-time MBA Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Eric Sussman, a lecturer in accounting. William H. Cockrum, adjunct professor in finance, received the Fully-Employed MBA Teaching Excellence Award.

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