Health Care MBA Second Graduating Class
On Tuesday, September 26, 2016, the Simmons College School of Management recognized the second Health Care MBA graduating class. Program Director, Cathy Robbins, along with the Associate Dean of the SOM Patricia Deyton and program faculty congratulated 13 dedicated students and celebrated their remarkable accomplishments.
“This day has been a long time coming for all of you. You have worked hard, you have brought your intellects, your spirits of inquiry and your hearts to your work here as students. It has been five years since we first envisioned the potential for a Health Care MBA Program here at the School of Management. You have been part of the building of that program. You have demonstrated the value of a program that prepares working professionals in health care providers, payers, and support functions,” said Robbins.
The 2016 Health Care MBA graduates are Alexis Arlett, Rose Desilets Brianna Desrochers, Robert Dorman, Meaghan Federico, Evelyn Fortino, Kathryn Fuss, Jennifer Gries, MayLisa Hazelwood, Stephanie Kanniard, Jenna Raymond, Robin Roberson and Karen Zoeller.
“Most importantly, it has been almost three years for all of you who we acknowledge today as graduates of the second Health Care MBA class. Three years from when you first heard about a new program, decided to take a chance to come here to Simmons to take part in that program, and have now completed the course work as graduates. You came with a passion about health management, experience working in many different places, and you brought not only those experiences, but your selves.” Robbins added.
During the graduation ceremony, four of the Health Care MBA graduates were inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society, an honor extended to graduates with a GPA of 3.8 or higher. Robert Dorman, Rose Desilets, Kathryn Fuss and Jennifer Gries. Robert, Rose, and Kathryn were also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in April, along with 18 MBA students.
Dorman was also awarded the Health Care Leadership Award, which is given to a student who demonstrates superior competence and professional promise in the field of healthcare management.
Rose Desilets spoke on behalf of the second graduating class. She challenged the graduating class to set their aims high: “Let’s pitch that project, or apply for that job we think we’d be great at. Let’s try to solve the hard problems, and start to make an impact. We have the skills and knowledge. Now we just have to go do it.”
Congratulations to our 13 graduates on your accomplishment!