June 19, 2003

 LOS ANGELES — On June 13, members of the 2003 graduating class of The Anderson School at UCLA participated in the 62nd commencement ceremony, which was held at Wilson Plaza. Over 3,000 family members and friends attended the ceremony to recognize the achievements of the 530 graduate and doctoral candidates.

Dean Bruce G. Willison presided over the ceremony and offered his congratulations and words of wisdom to the graduates.

“We trust the lessons learned and the business intuition gained will be put to good use as you continue your personal and professional development. Our academic program and the overall ‘Anderson Experience’ has invested in you the capacity to lead business transformation,” said Dean Willison.

The commencement ceremony honored 325 full-time, 195 fully employed and 10 Ph.D. students, representing more than 41 countries.

Several Anderson students were recognized for outstanding academic excellence. Full-time MBA graduating students Hesham Abdelsamie, Torsten Albrecht, Russell Benaroya, Andres Chechilnitzky Rodriguez, Henry Chu, Sandeep Desai, Christine Fitch and Brendan Handler, were recognized as Edward W. Carter Fellows, signifying their position in top two percent of the graduating class. Brian Mech, David Stankey, Andrew Stenwall and David Yagiela received the Harold M. Williams Fellows award for their position in the top two percent of the fully employed MBA graduating class.

The Full-Time MBA Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Eric Sussman, a lecturer in accounting. Robert Foster, executive director, center for management in the information economy, and adjunct professor, decisions, operations, and technology management, received the Fully Employed MBA Teaching Award.

The graduates and guests were privy to a speech by Bill Broesamle (MBA '67), senior associate dean of The Anderson School at UCLA, who served as keynote speaker. Broesamle has been directing the MBA program at Anderson since 1997 and will be retiring at the end of June. He reflected on his more than 35 years in management education, 23 of which he has spent here at UCLA.

"The charge I want to leave with you is this: Give of yourself, your talents, your skills. Not merely because it is good or right to do so, but because you have so very much to give and you are so very much needed," said Broesamle.

Following Broesamle's address, Mr. Robert D. Beyer (MBA '83), president and chief investment advisor, Trust Company of the West (TCW), and member of the Anderson Board of Visitors, gave his words of inspiration to the Class of 2003.

"In actively managing your careers, I urge you to love what you're doing, and not feel as if every decision has to be your last. You have my sincere respect for what you have already accomplished."

Media Relations