The Rabb School of Continuing Studies awarded diplomas to 117 Graduate Professional Studies (GPS) students at its 2019 commencement ceremony this morning. Approximately one-third of the graduating class attended the event, which took place from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Faculty Club on campus.
One of four schools at Brandeis University, the Rabb School is dedicated to developing innovative ways to deliver a Brandeis education to non-traditional communities. The GPS students graduating today have earned their masters of science degrees fully online, often while holding down full-time jobs and balancing other professional and personal obligations.
“You embody the larger mission of Brandeis, which is distinguished by academic excellence and the pursuit of truth and knowledge,” said Karen Muncaster, Vice President of the Rabb School, in her opening address. “The entire University community has great respect for what you have accomplished and how you have done it.”
Keishalee Shaw, a graduate of the Strategic Analytics program and this year’s student speaker, encouraged 2019 graduates to embrace life’s curveballs.
“Today we celebrate our success … and remind ourselves that our desire to learn was and will always be greater than any obstacle we have faced along this journey or will face in the future,” said Shaw.
Commencement speaker Michael Figueroa, president and executive director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, challenged the graduating class to consider the value their advanced degrees can bring to situations beyond individual professional accomplishments.
“Go ahead, dream big,” Figueroa said. “Perhaps your dream is about literacy, providing people with the education they need to overcome poverty. Or, perhaps you’re concerned about global health, preventing the spread of virulent diseases and providing basic healthcare services to underprivileged peoples. Maybe climate change drives you. Whatever it is, hold on to it.You have already invested in your degree. Now, put that investment to good use.”
The full breakdown of diplomas awarded this morning is as follows:
- Master of Software Engineering (11 graduates)
- MS in Bioinformatics (7 graduates)
- MS in Digital Marketing and Design (8 graduates)
- MS in Health and Medical Informatics (12 graduates)
- MS in Information Security (6 graduates)
- MS in Information Security Leadership (2 graduates)
- MS in Information Technology Management (5 graduates)
- MS in Instructional Design & Technology (6 graduates)
- MS in Project and Program Management (31 graduates)
- MS in Technology Management ( 2 graduates)
- MS in Strategic Analytics (26 graduates)
- MS in User-Centered Design (1 graduate)
View a recording of the commencement ceremony here. Congratulations to our graduates!