Student speaker Nissa Wisuttismarn, MBA '07 urged her fellow graduates to consider "the power of our passports" in reflecting back on the two year journey which took us from arriving at IBS as strangers to now leaving together as family." Ms. Wisuttismarn explained that these passports are far more than just books of global stamps and visas to gain access to this country for higher education. These are books of life lessons that have provided us with the tools vital for success at an American school with an international focus."
Closing the ceremony was Brenda Anderson of the IBS faculty who said "I am confident that you're going to be successful...finding happiness may be more elusive in the future." She asked the graduates "to reflect from time to time on what makes you happy" and to have the "courage and commitment" to make the necessary changes in life to achieve that satisfaction.The Dean's Medal for Distinguished Leadership, the School's highest honor, was awarded to E. John Rosenwald, Jr., Vice Chairman of The Bear Stearns Companies who gave the Commencement Address. Mr. Rosenwald encouraged the graduating students to embark on careers with energy, enthusiasm and with great care to maintain the highest ethical standards. "The American capitalist system is built on trust," he remarked, as he urged the newly minted graduates to navigate through "the cult of short term shareholder value."
After the ceremony, students proceeded to the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center for the Brandeis University's 56th commencement exercises which featured an address by three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman '75.