Graduate Programs Commencement 2017


Graduate Students

Ceremony Information

Congratulations to the graduate students completing their studies in 2017!

The Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs will host a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 16, 4-6pm at the Performing Arts Center.

For ticket information, please contact the office at cobgmp@calpoly.edu or by calling (805) 756-2637.

All graduates will have their names read in a hooding ceremony. Following the ceremony, there will be light refreshments served in the lobby. Guests are welcome to take photos.

Orfalea graduate students should not attend the undergraduate ceremony.

DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS

From Los Angeles on Route 101 North

  • Take the Morro Bay, Highway 41 exit.
  • Turn right onto Toro.
  • Turn right onto Walnut.
  • Turn right onto Santa Rosa (California Highway 1).
  • Turn right onto Highland, entering onto the Cal Poly campus.

From San Francisco on Route 101 South

  • Take the Santa Rosa exit.
  • Turn right onto Santa Rosa(California Highway 1).
  • Turn right onto Highland, entering onto the Cal Poly campus.

Click HERE for map to Highland Drive

Attire

Attire and other related commencement materials will be available April 27-28 at the Commencement Fair. If students don’t make it to the Commencement Fair, they can purchase their cap, gown, tassel, hood and honors cords from June 5-18 at University Store.

Accommodations

If you would like to request an accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or use of a wheelchair, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (805) 756-1395 as soon as possible. The DRC appreciates two weeks’ notice, but has a 72-hour minimum request deadline.

MBA Student David Madanat Studies Abroad in Milan


David Madant at at the Politecnico di Milano in Milano, Lombardia

During winter quarter, Cal Poly MBA student David Madanat had the chance to study in Milano, Italy as part of an exchange program the Orfalea College of Business has established at the Politecnico di Milano. The partnership has afforded the two universities the chance for students to study abroad and faculty to collaborate across continents. Hear about David’s experience in his own words:

I had a great time in Milan this winter. I went as part of Cal Poly’s exchange with the Politecnico di Milano in Milano, Lombardia. I studied at MiP Graduate School of Business, which is one of the top 100 business schools in Europe. I made lots of friends, the food was super tasty, and there were people there from all over the world. I met students from Italy, India, France, Australia, Russia, Brazil, China and Argentina! I took four classes across a range of interesting business topics, and everything I learned can be applied directly to industry. All of the teachers were first rate.

Design Management was with Professor Roberto Verganti, a thought leader in design-driven innovation. One of the cool things about this class was that one of Verganti’s articles was featured in the January-February 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review. This class was tons of fun. My group did mystery shopping at a pastry shop owned by Prada in order to put together a proposal on how the customer experience could be redesigned and innovated to offer more value. Our presentation was wonderfully received!

Next up was finance with Professor Marco Giorgino. This guy is a whiz. When he’s not teaching he’s chairman of a private equity group — I learned so much about private equity in this class! I also learned how to value companies, about project financing, the benefits of capital structures, and the nuances of book-building for an initial public offering (IPO). Not only that, but Professor Giorgino is great at keeping the audience’s attention. No dry lectures here. I asked plenty of questions and had a great time sharing my story with the class about the MINDBODY IPO I experienced from within the company last year.

Entrepreneurship was another class with a heavy emphasis on group work. Taught by Professor Evila Piva, I learned all about lean startup techniques, bootstrapping, how to evaluate new business ventures, how to work with the business model canvas to have enough to present to investors, and lots more about private equity (this time focused on venture capitalists and business angels.) I worked in a group to put together a proposed startup plan for a venture seed from one of the group members and now have the tools to create and test business value hypotheses on my own.

In Advanced Marketing we worked as a group on a project for a high-tech manufacturing firm in Milan, to create a proposal for a social media marketing strategy. Our presentation was selected as the most interesting by the class. We also got a strong overview of how to plan and manage the sales strategy for a firm, including conducting research on the individual decision-makers involved, and how to present facts and numbers in a compelling story. The most rewarding for me was learning about how to do a strategic evaluation of existing competitors on multiple marketing channels.David Madant in Italy

Milan wasn’t all about academics. During the two weeks I wasn’t taking classes, I visited the Duomo, shopped in the fashion district, ate some of the best pasta, pizza, and gelato known to man, and visited with newly made friends! Two of the friends I made in class invited me to their homes. One hosted me on a personal tour of Verona while I was there (easily accessible from Milan by train). The other took me into his apartment and cooked dinner for his wife and me. I’ll remember the experiences I had and cherish the friends I made my whole life.

There is really nothing like living abroad to broaden your cultural knowledge and show you how things are done in other parts of the world. As they say in Italy, arrivederci!

 

Graduate Student Commencement 2016


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Photos

Enjoy photos of the June 10 Graduate Programs Commencement via our Flickr account: https://flic.kr/s/aHskC7jdo2.

Ceremony Information

Congratulations to the graduate students completing their studies in 2016!

The Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs will host a commencement ceremony on Friday, June 10, 2-4pm at the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre for accounting, economics and MBA graduates.

The ceremony will include a keynote address by Tammy Kiely, global head of the Semiconductor Investment Banking Practice in the Technology, Media and Telecom Group of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs.

Graduates can invite four guests. Seats are general admission, free and must be reserved via EventBrite. Graduates can request additional tickets by contacting cobgmp@calpoly.eduDoors open at 1:30pm. 

All graduates will have their names read in a hooding ceremony. Following the ceremony, there will be light refreshments served on the Spanos Patio, which is shaded. Guests are welcome to take photos.

Orfalea graduate students should not attend the undergraduate ceremony.

Parking

Parking permits will not be required in the Grand Avenue and K1 parking lots starting at 12pm on Friday.

Enter Cal Poly at the Grand Avenue entrance and follow the signs for Orfalea Graduate Commencement to the Grand Avenue Parking Structure near the Performing Arts Center. If necessary, due to other campus events, overflow parking will be in the K1 Parking Lot.

Attire

Attire and other related commencement materials will be available April 26-28 at the Commencement Fair. If students don’t make it to the Commencement Fair, they can purchase their cap, gown, tassel, hood and honors cords after June 6 at the University Store.

Accommodations

If you would like to request an accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter or use of a wheelchair, please contact the Disability Resource Center at (805) 756-1395 as soon as possible. The DRC appreciates two weeks’ notice, but has a 72-hour minimum request deadline.

Updated April 11, 2016

 

 

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