Congratulations Full-time MBA Class 2017!

On Saturday, 19 August, the Full-time MBA class of 2017 gathered for their final important task of donning caps and gowns in celebration of earning the universally respected qualification – The MBA Degree. Proud friends and family arrived from all corners of the globe to eagerly await the procession of faculty and graduates. Emotions ran high throughout the ceremony and feelings of joy and pride was felt, both on stage and amongst the audience.

CBS MBA Director and host Poul Hedegaard opened the celebrations with a big welcome "Today is not the end but the beginning of something new - indeed, it is a new beginning for many of the MBA graduates who will be embarking on new adventures".

CBS Full-time MBA Associate Dean Birte Larsen addressed the graduates and families by thanking the class and teaching staff for creating an excellent and diverse MBA environment. “We should embrace diversity in a way to make us wiser, not only in the classroom, but also in society in general.”

She then presented the award for the highest grade point average to Martin Haupt – who is the 4th German student in 5 years to receive this award.

Teacher of the year

Peter Møllgaard, Dean of Research at CBS, introduced the prestigous Teacher of the Year Award to Professor, PhD Dana Minbaeva, of the Human Resource Management course. “Dana made us fall in love with the least likely subject – HR - and she is the type of professor every MBA programme should have,” students commented.

 “I am honoured to receive this award”, Dana said as she offered reflections to the class. “There is no straight line from where you are today and where you will be in 20 years so do not rush, take time to build your career – look backwards, sideways, reflect and grow. Work on your skills not on your resume and not if - but when - you become CEO – set the bar high and lean in. You have the whole world in front of you – make it yours.”

Student of the Year

Charlotte Fly Andersen, Chairman of the CBS MBA Alumni Society, the largest MBA network in Scandinavia, congratulated the graduates on having regained their freedom and welcomed them into the MBA afterlife. She had the pleasure of introducing the class-elected Student of the Year Award to Mexican student, Diego Chavez, who was nominated by his fellow MBAs for his extraordinary contributions to creating a positive learning environment and achieving high academic results. “I am honoured to receive this award, and I think it is important to recognise our families because without them we would not be here.”

Leadership Award

Rikke Sick Børgesen Hoffman from Implement Consulting Group, responsible for the Leadership Program presented the Leadership award to Indian student Utkarsh Dubey, who had demonstrated outstanding physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy in the class.”

“My experience in the LDP process has been more of a journey – self-awareness and the way I interact and respond to various situations. Leadership is not only about leading others but also about leading oneself”, said Utkarsh Dubey

CBS MBA Director Poul Hedegaard sent the students off with the an inspirational quote “You should always shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars."