The close of an academic year brings with it a sense of pride and anticipation. As every alumnus knows, the brief window between graduation and the start of a full-time job is a special moment when thoughts turn to exciting possibilities ahead.

And that is where we are right now — having just sent our most recent graduates to begin their careers, we now turn our attention to preparations for our next class of incoming students. Nothing (thankfully) is static on a college campus, and we are launching and continuing several new initiatives aimed at continuing the momentum behind our programs and student experience:

  • The first graduates of the Online Hybrid MBA accepted their diplomas last month, and these inaugural alumni, including 24 students from 12 cities, represent the enormous potential we have to introduce an MBA format that upholds our academic standards as well as a new model of flexibility.
    Our goal is to more than triple the class size over the next few years, and if you know of any friends or colleagues who are ideal candidates, please refer them to
  • Plans are under way for capitalizing upon Jim Swartz’s $31 million gift to create the new Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon. The Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship will serve as a hub of entrepreneurial activities for the entire CMU campus, including dedicated space for start-up activity located within the new Tepper School building that will open in the summer of 2018. The Swartz Center will galvanize and accelerate the impressive momentum already under way.

  • Student interest and involvement in the Accelerate Leadership Center continues at a robust pace with 26 percent of both full-time and part-time on-campus MBA ’16 graduates pursuing Leadership Development Certification. The Accelerate Leadership Center continues to be a source of pride and transformation for MBA students who participate in the program’s leadership assessment process and workshop series.

As we eagerly anticipate the start of a new academic year, the arrival of talented students and the possibilities associated with our momentum, I invite the worldwide community of Tepper alumni to likewise support and get involved with the excitement that most assuredly lies ahead.

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