It’s hard to believe that 15 months have come and gone for the 2010-2011 Master of International Management full-time cohort, and a short 27 months for the 2009-2011 part-timers! On Friday, December 9 the outgoing cohort was honored at the MIM Hooding Ceremony in Downtown Portland. Dr. Cliff Allen was the Master of Ceremony, and welcomed honored alumni and faculty to participate in the honors.
The evening’s keynote address was given by Portland State University MBA alums and recent Sustainable Business Oregon Leadership Award recipient, Lori Wigle. Ms. Wigle spoke of her experiences and how passion for her job and the ability to continue to grow and learn helped her on her path to success. Ms. Wigle’s keynote was followed by an inspiring and humorous talk by 2008 MIM alum, Mario Schmit. Mr. Schmit spoke about the challenges that new graduates face, but he reiterated that passion is really what can drive satisfaction in one’s career.
Following the hooding procession, two 2011 graduates had the opportunity to speak: part-time candidate, David Kiser, and full-time candidate, Ryan Wilcoxen. Both David and Ryan touched on the unique experiences and friendships that came out of the MIM and how they helped make the program meaningful and transformative. Both gentlemen also talked about how those relationships and experiences will remain as each graduate sets out on their own path to success. Look out world… there’s a new set of global citizens on the loose!
Good Luck Class of 2011!