Kellogg | Mr. Engineer Volunteer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
Kellogg | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 760, GPA 3.15
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Indian Dreamer
GRE 331, GPA 8.5/10
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Ernst & Young
GMAT 600 (hopeful estimate), GPA 3.86
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
London Business School | Ms. Private Equity Angel
GMAT 660, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Defense Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Ms. Indian Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 9.18/10
Harvard | Ms. Developing Markets
GMAT 780, GPA 3.63
Yale | Ms. Biotech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.29
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Marine Executive Officer
GRE 322, GPA 3.28
Stanford GSB | Ms. Global Empowerment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.66
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
Harvard | Mr. Renewables Athlete
GMAT 710 (1st take), GPA 3.63
Stanford GSB | Mr. Infantry Officer
GRE 320, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Armenian Geneticist
GRE 331, GPA 3.7
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 1st Gen Grad
GMAT 740, GPA 3.1
Ross | Mr. Travelpreneur
GMAT 730, GPA 2.68
London Business School | Ms. Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Fortune 500
GMAT N/A, GPA 2.2
N U Singapore | Mr. Naval Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
NYU Stern | Ms. Entertainment Strategist
GMAT Have not taken, GPA 2.92
INSEAD | Ms. Spaniard Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 8.5/10.00
NYU Stern | Mr. Army Prop Trader
GRE 313, GPA 2.31

What It Takes HBS To Stage A Graduation

2016 Class Day student speaker Marcelle de Souza Goncalves Meira

2016 Class Day student speaker Marcelle de Souza Goncalves Meira

Every university graduation requires tremendous background support. That’s especially true at Harvard Business School, given the size of the 900-plus graduating class and the 10,000 visitors who come to campus to watch HBS’ Class Day on May 25 and commencement on May 26. According to the school, it takes 10,000 staffing hours to stage the Class Day event. They lay 15,000 feet of electrical cords, erect 230,000 square feet of tents and set up 6,000 chairs on Baker lawn in front of the school’s iconic library facing the Charles River (see video below).

This year’s student address will be delivered by Marcelle de Souza Goncalves Meira, who was chosen to speak at Class Day by her peers through an audition process that included more than 50 student speeches. Marcelle came to Harvard Business School two years ago with her husband, Pedro Meira, who died of cancer last September at the start of what would have been his second year in the MBA program. The husband and wife couple are both from Brazil. She studied aeronautical and mechanical engineering and worked for the Boston Consulting Group before coming to HBS (see video below).

And check out our celebratory video for graduating MBAs from last year. Good time to watch it for this year’s celebrations (see below). We hope to do another once all the graduation ceremonies are completed this year.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.