Celebrating the graduating Class of 2016

Melbourne Business School has marked the achievements of the Class of 2016 at this year’s graduation.
The graduating class, their families and friends, along with MBS academics, filled the University of Melbourne’s Wilson Hall on 8 October for the occasion before returning to the Carlton campus for a celebration.

The Occasional Address was given by Stephen Damiani (MBA 2000/Master of Marketing 2007), Chairman of the Mission Massimo Foundation, which aims to accelerate the discovery of genetic variations responsible for paediatric white-matter disorders and translate these findings into clinical treatments.

Stephen spoke about how his MBA helped him spearhead an international collaboration of clinicians and scientists to perform the world’s first familial-trio genome analysis to pinpoint the exact genetic cause of a rare condition affecting his son – discovering a completely new disease in the process – and how he continues to apply his knowledge as the foundation’s chairman.

MBS Graduation

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Speaking at the ceremony, Dean of Melbourne Business School Prof Zeger Degraeve congratulated the 325 members of the graduating class at the event on their achievements, while also reflecting on their MBS journey.

“As Dean, I have no doubt that your time studying with us has been challenging, productive and rewarding, and left you with a network of lifelong friends, knowledge and experience that gives you an unrivalled opportunity and ability to make the most these exciting times we live in,” Prof Degraeve said.

“It is one of my great joys to witness the growth of our graduates – to meet them again, a few years later, and hear the stories of how they have remained connected with their classmates, and how this connection and the knowledge, gained studying with us, has supported their journey through life.”

The ceremony also acknowledged the recipients of academic and service awards, including:

The John Clemenger Memorial Prize, which recognises the academic performance of the MBA student whose dedication, hard work and talent has made them achieve the highest academic standard during their program.
2016 winner: Dianna Gu 

The Egon Zehnder Leadership Prize, awarded to the MBA or Master of Marketing student who shows outstanding leadership qualities during their study program.
2016 winner: Rachel Palumbo

The MBS Community Service Prize, awarded to one student from each program in the full-time MBA, part-time MBA or Master of Marketing, Executive MBA and Senior Executive MBA who demonstrates their ability and willingness to contribute to the School and wider community.
2016 Executive MBA winner: Marcus Pearl 
2016 Senior Executive MBA winner: Graham Van Damme 
2016 Full-time MBA winner: Vanessa Whatmough
2016 Part-time MBA/Master of Marketing winner: Rishi Garg

graduation at Melbourne Business School
In one final lesson for the graduating class, Prof Degraeve noted that they now belonged to a cohort that was now far larger than their group of classmates.

“You are now a member of Australia’s oldest and strongest business school network, with more than 16,000 alumni in 95 countries,” Prof Degraeve said.

“Wherever your journey in life takes you from today, you will remain connected to the School – and wherever you go in your professional life, you will find fellow Melbourne Business School alumni.

“Your alumni network is a truly global group of leaders who can open doors, give you sage advice and provide you with the support you need to overcome challenges and make a difference.”

The graduation and celebration followed the School’s other graduation week tradition, the Valedictory Dinner, which is attended by the graduating class and academics.

>>Click here to view a gallery of photos from the 2016 Melbourne Business School Graduation on Facebook.

>>Click here to view a gallery of photos from the 2016 Melbourne Business School Valedictory Dinner on Facebook.