Written by: Kelsey Whitaker, A Senior at Brandeis University
On May 17th, to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance”, the Rabb School of Graduate Professional Studies‘ class of 2015 donned their caps and gowns and received their diplomas. The ceremony awarded Master’s degrees in various fields including: Bioinformatics, Health and Medical Informatics, Information Security, IT Management, Project & Program Management and Software Engineering. Students sat proudly and enjoyed the student and main commencement speaker’s words of wisdom for their future. As working professionals in their respective fields, each degree recipient juggled work, school, and personal matters in order to earn their master’s degree.
The student speaker for the day was Louis Rosa III, who earned his Doctor of Medicine from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine and has over 30 years of experience in the fields of neurosurgery and radiation therapy. However, the day of commencement Rosa walked out with a newly earned diploma in Health and Medical Informatics. After all of his experience, why did Rosa pursue his degree from Brandeis GPS? “No matter how many patients I saw, I couldn’t have enough of an impact,” Rosa explained. Rosa went on to explain the impact his new degree would have on his career and his life.
The main Commencement speaker, Curtis H. Tearte, is a 1973 Brandeis graduate and also a current Board of Trustees member. Tearte has vast experience in technology and business as former director, vice president and general manager of IBM “My experience at Brandeis exponentially changed the arc of my life,” he explained to the graduates. Tearte is also the founder of Tearte Associates, a firm dedicated to seeking out students with academic potential to become Tearte Scholars through his Family Foundation. His advice to the graduates was, “Keep putting out good and it will come back to us tenfold in unexpected ways.”
In addition to the speakers, the Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient was presented to Leanne Bateman. Teaching at Brandeis since 2007, Bateman serves as Academic Program Chair and a faculty member for Project and Program Management and Strategic Analytics. Congrats, Leanne!
Congratulations to the 2015 graduates! You did it! Good luck in all your future plans and endeavors.
Want to see the live stream of commencement? You’re in luck! Watch it here.