University of Southern California

USC Marshall graduates global MBAs and supply chain professionals
February 1, 2017 • by News at Marshall

Graduate students in two USC Marshall globally focused degree programs flipped their mortarboard tassels on Monday, January 23, in a lively commencement ceremony held at Town & Gown before family and friends.

USC Marshall dean James G. Ellis congratulated 35 members of the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) Class XII, as well as the combined 70-member online and on-campus cohort of the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management.

“This is the best part of your time at USC Marshall,” said Ellis. “The hard work is behind you, for now. And you are here to celebrate your accomplishment with your family and friends. Congratulations to all of you. I am proud to be a part of this truly international celebration.”

GEMBA is a joint executive MBA program offered by USC Marshall and the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai. Students are rising executives from the Asia Pacific region with at least 10 years of experience.

The cohort spends most of its 20-month course of study in Asia but with several international learning sessions abroad, including in Los Angeles at the USC campus. Students and their families arrived in Los Angeles this month for final exams and to attend their commencement ceremony.

“Because GEMBA is a multi-national program, we have learned not just from books, but from each other,” said Brandon Lee Randall, one of two class speakers. “If you started with the goal of learning academically or growing your network, I hope you have also realized that this is an experience of a lifetime.”

Filling the Supply Chain

Global Supply Chain students—both on campus and online—also celebrated their graduation.

“An education is one of your largest investments,” said Kristina Keates, a student speaker from the online cohort. “Some investments will lose value over time, while some will gain. I can confidently say that our investment in USC Marshall will continue to have excellent returns far into the future.”

The MSGSCM degree is offered jointly with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and is directed at working professionals looking to hone their skills in the fast-growing supply chain professions.

Students presented Murat Bayiz, associate professor of clinical data sciences and operations and academic director of the program, with the Golden Apple Award, an honor bestowed on favorite teachers as voted by students.

“What a fantastic honor,” said Bayiz. “Especially knowing these students. They teach me as much as I teach them.”

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.