Graduating Students Celebrate Their Big Win

Monday, June 8, 2020

Students and faculty gather at a Zoom send-off for Class of 2020 business students at the University of San Diego

No one expected this. No one imagined their college graduation to be put on hold to ensure the safety of our communities. However, the hard work that USD School of Business students have shown over the last few years, and especially this last semester, is a remarkable achievement that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

While the official 2020 commencement has been postponed until October, there’s no reason why students can’t come together, show their creative spirits and celebrate now! From drive-by parties to celebrations over Zoom, graduating USD students have been cheering each other on.

As the semester came to a close, USD School of Business faculty and staff came together to hold Zoom celebrations for undergraduate and graduate business students of various majors to mark the occasion with their department chairs, professors, advisors, and even parents. Students eager to reconnect and rejoice with their professors and classmates joined from as far as India, China, and Spain to celebrate their perseverance and accomplishments. 

As Valedictorian Simon Finnie shared, “We are now part of 6.7 percent of people worldwide who hold a college degree.” 

During the business administration major graduation event, Department Chair of Management Tara Ceranic Salinas shared how this experience has taught students, “that you can be totally self-motivated when things turn into a garbage fire and that you are resilient in ways that you didn’t realize. Those are legitimate skills that take far longer to build.” And reflected on just how much each student had learned over the last few weeks. 

President of the Student Finance Association Hailey Rice shared how the friendly competitive spirit at USD helped drive her especially as it coupled with “the culture of giving back. For example, I've watched my peers in my classes and women in my sorority get great internships or jobs, but they've also always been willing to lend a hand and give advice. This notion of creating your own success, but never being afraid to help others reach their goals has been important to my USD experience.” 

The resounding message of each celebration was that while this may be the end of your journey as a student, you don’t leave USD. The business faculty and staff are here to support you in your success and will always lend a helping hand long after graduation. 

As Dean of the School of Business Tim Keane congratulated the class of 2020, he reminded them, “you have a family for life.” 


Renata Ramirez
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