August commencement sees record number of graduates

Johns Hopkins Carey School’s largest graduating class ever – 651 strong – crossed the stage of the Patricia & Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore to receive their diplomas and celebrate their status as newly minted graduates during the school’s annual August commencement on Thursday, August 1.

Interim Dean Valerie Suslow presided over the event, which represented graduates from 20 countries and seven different graduate degrees.

The keynote speaker was Tom Polen, president and chief operating officer of Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), a leading global medical technology firm. Polen oversees BD's three operating segments, including its innovation and new product development pipeline, and global operations. He also serves as executive sponsor for the Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) at BD, and holds an MBA degree from the Carey Business School, as well.

“Make your passion your business,” Polen advised the graduates. “Reality is that for most of you, you’re going to spend more time at work over the next 20-30 years than anywhere else – so make it impactful and make it part of your purpose.”


August 8, 2019


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