Going, Going… Graduated

Thesis? Check. Final Business SIM Presentation? Check. Final M&A Exam? Check. Final Sustainability and CSR paper? Handed in.

Just like that, the inaugural class of the Dual Master’s in Global Commerce and Global Strategic Management graduated from ESADE’s Barcelona campus with two master’s degrees, a certificate, and a year’s worth of incredible memories in hand.

We’ll tentatively, unscientifically say that the M.S. in Global Commerce (MSGC) graduation event was the most international event happening in Barcelona at the time. It was extremely well-attended by family and friends of the graduates, who all flew in beforehand to get a taste of what the city has to offer, and then to later celebrate their graduate’s achievements. Many students brought their families to local attractions, such as the Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Passeig de Gracia, in the days leading up to graduation.

For the graduation ceremony, the deans from each school, along with professors, career services staff and administration staff, flew in to help conduct the event.  The audience was treated to short speeches from the deans and academic directors of each school, followed by a speech from Jacob Smith, the UVA student delegate and Valedictorian of the class.

Dean Zeithaml of McIntire speaks to graduates at the graduation ceremony.

Finally, each student walked the stage to receive their diploma.

Sam Chen of China walks the stage to receive his diploma from the Deans of each participating school.
(from left) Lorenzo, Valentin, Sam, Alex, Alessandro, Stefan, and Hugo stand with their sashes after receiving their diplomas.
Presenting the first graduating class of MSGC!

A short video of the speeches can be found below:

After the formal ceremony, everyone retreated to the outside terrace to enjoy a reception of beverages and finger foods representative of each country that students had studied in. There were burgers for America, stir-fry for China, and jamón and cheese for Spain. Students were happy to finally have the chance to meet each other’s families as they mingled, but also faced their goodbyes to the various university staff that would be leaving shortly after.

Attendees wait in line to grab hamburgers from the American food station at the graduation ceremony.
Natassya poses with a family member at the post-graduation reception.

After graduation, some students stayed in Barcelona for a few more days. Others left for various countries to continue their travels with their families or with each other. Some even had to go home to get ready to start their jobs. Putting aside the sadness of having to say “hasta luego” to so many close friends, students looked forward to future encounters with friends all over the world, with their new business network and global experience to back them up.

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