“Ensure you have values and ethics, courage and a strong sense of self.” These were the words of wisdom Dean, Professor G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam, imparted to graduates at the inaugural Dean’s Graduation Reception, Tuesday 3 May 2016. The event was to celebrate those graduates who made a significant contribution to the School and fellow students during their time here, as well as those who won a programme prize or were recognised on the Dean’s list for achieving results in the top 10% of their cohort.
The drinks reception was attended by 150 graduates and staff at the Chelsea Old Town Hall, and provided an opportunity to formally recognise and reward the graduates.
Welcoming them to the event Dr Edgar Meyer, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programmes, reflected on the achievements of the students and the huge contribution they made to the School: “You reflect the values of diversity and compassion we see represented at the School.”
Dean Anand continued, “We are delighted to celebrate such amazing students, and your great accomplishments and achievements. You are now part of an international network of alumni who do great things in life with their communities and in their professions.” Speaking about his three recommendations for succeeding in life, Anand spoke about the importance of values and ethics, which should never be comprised.
Diane Morgan, Associate Dean of Programmes at the Business School, took to the stage to thank all the student ambassadors, career club members and representatives, for their support and hard work. She urged the graduates to keep reconnecting with the School, keep advising us how to improve and keep hiring our talent.
Prize winners from the night included Mikhaila Chowdhury (International Health Management), who was recognised in the Dean’s Community Awards for ‘Improving Society’ spoke about what a “great honour” it was to be recognised. “I was lucky to be in a great year of students, who all contributed to improving the community. It was my pleasure to help make it happen.”
Sandeep Kumar (Full-Time MBA), who was credited with ‘Inspiring Brilliant Minds’, said it was “fulfilling, brilliant and rewarding” to have helped his MBA colleagues.
The final words of congratulations came from Edgar Meyer: “Without you we wouldn’t be where we are today. We look forward to hearing all about your successes in the future.”