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Commencement 2010\

Martin J. Gross '72 urges Brandeis IBS graduates "to advance the common good"

April 1, 2010

Martin J. Gross '72, founder and president of Sandalwood Securities, urged the 191 graduates of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) to leverage their education "to advance the common good." Delivering the mini commencement address to graduates representing 46 countries, Mr. Gross said: "If you do not fight for the world you want, you cannot complain about the one you inherit."
Mr. Gross made his remarks at the sixteenth mini commencement exercises of the school. He was awarded the Dean's Medal in recognition of his distinguished leadership across an impressive career in business and for his philanthropy. Mr. Gross serves on the Board of Trustees at Brandeis and is a member of the Board of Overseers at Brandeis IBS.

In welcoming the graduates, Professor Ben Gomes-Casseres said they leave the school "with the skills and power to make the world better." In bringing greetings from the IBS Board of Overseers, Arthur L. Goldstein, its chair, noted they now have "the resources to be outstanding leaders in your chosen fields."  Bruce Magid, dean of Brandeis IBS and the Martin and Ahuva Gross Chair in Financial Markets and Institutions, offered his congratulations to the graduates "for the multicultural, engaged, caring community that you collectively have become" and challenged them "to impact your communities, do well in business, and do good for society." 

Student speaker Akash "Sky" Tanna MBA '10 praised the school for providing "the kind of environment needed for ideas to flourish...a nurturing home in which every idea is respected equally and responded with thought and caution." He continued: "At IBS, we have learned how to shape ideas by seeing, hearing, asking, playing and engaging with them." 

Brandeis IBS awarded degrees in Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in International Economics and Finance, and Doctor of Philosophy in International Economics and Finance.