The Rabb School of Continuing Studies awarded diplomas to nearly 100 GPS students at its 2016 commencement ceremony today. Approximately half of the graduating class attended the event, which took place on campus from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Faculty Club.

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“Today is the day to reflect with pride on your accomplishments,” said Rabb School Vice President Karen Muncaster. “Not only have you mastered a rigorous curriculum, but most of you have done this while working full-time and while balancing family responsibilities.”

Given the online nature of GPS programs, many graduates arrived from out-of-state and visited the Brandeis campus for the first time. Some students traveled from as far as Israel, Canada and throughout the U.S., including Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Utah and Illinois.

“Anyone can make electricity as they go through the motions,” said student speaker and MS in Strategic Analytics degree recipient Jay Caplan, “They get things done and they check things off a list, but that’s all they’re doing. It is the exceptional individual who possesses the passion and dedication to create light from electricity.” Caplan is part of the inaugural group of graduates from the Strategic Analytics program, which launched in 2014.

Rabb School of Continuing Studies Vice President Karen Muncaster with Chris Anderson, president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council

Rabb School of Continuing Studies Vice President Karen Muncaster with Chris Anderson, president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council

The ceremony also featured remarks from Christopher Anderson, president of the Massachusetts High Technology Council. Brandeis GPS partners with MHTC on its MATTERS program, which is an online tool designed to help measure and evaluate Massachusetts’ current competitive position among leading technology states.

“It doesn’t matter what profession you find yourself in today, or next year, or in 5 years—it’s more important to know what kind of a person you are for yourself, and for others,” said Anderson. “If you do what you say you’re going to do in all matters, you’ll bring greater value to your work, your family, and most importantly, to your sense of self-satisfaction.”

The following diplomas were awarded:

Master of Software Engineering (17 graduates)
MS in Bioinformatics (6 graduates)
MS in Health and Medical Informatics (12 graduates)
MS in Information Security Leadership (12 graduates)
MS in Technology Management (13 graduates)
MS in Project and Program Management (22 graduates)
MS in Strategic Analytics (11 graduates)
MS in Virtual Management (1 graduate)
Graduate Certificate in Project and Program Management (1)

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Congratulations to our graduates!