Happy finals week! While it’s both good and important that we’ll soon get a little break from the activity of a semester, the big thing to remember is the accomplishments of all our new graduates. Next week, around 1,100 new W. P. Carey graduates will walk the stage at convocation, growing our alumni network to more than 105,000 worldwide and embracing the challenges and opportunities that await them. I hope you can attend convocation next Monday night, but also make sure you greet students this week and congratulate our new graduates on all their success!
Two graduates of note are Maria Medina, the first Outstanding Graduating Senior winner from our BA in human resources concentration, and Christopher Ott, a Marine Corps Reserve captain, manager at Amazon, and Online MBA student named our Outstanding Graduate Student this semester.
More reasons to be proud
We just received word a few days ago that the school has jumped way up in the latest Financial Times rankings of business schools. Financial Times is a bit more involved in its methodology than some of the other rankings, so it weighs a lot of factors in determining the most outstanding programs. Research impact, faculty diversity, alumni success and satisfaction, and quality of our programs all have an impact on the final list. Because we’re doing so well in those areas and in individual program rankings, I’m thrilled to tell you that the W. P. Carey School is now ranked No. 21 among business schools in North and South America. Breaking that down even further, we’re No. 16 in the country and No. 4 among public universities in the U.S. That’s incredible news and reflects everyone’s hard work — so thank you so much! Take a look at all the school’s rankings to see the bigger picture of our shared success.
Who will reign supreme?
The W. P. Carey Holiday Party + Lip Sync Battle is a week from Thursday. We’re in the Katzin Concert Hall in Music Building West, with food in the lobby starting at 3, so make sure you add it to your calendar. We’ve extended the registration deadline to today at 5 p.m. So if you have a group act or if you want to go it alone and do your own song, be sure to sign up by the end of the day. If you’re just going to enjoy the party, that’s great! But this is the year the dean throws down the gauntlet to all performers — you will not stand in between me and my glory this time!
Spirit of Enterprise Award Luncheon
Friday, Dec. 7
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
W. P. Carey Undergraduate and Graduate Convocation
Monday, Dec. 10
Wells Fargo Arena
Holiday break — university closed
Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25; Tuesday, Jan. 1
First day of classes — W. P. Carey Donut Drop
Monday, Jan. 7
Martin Luther King Jr. Day — university closed
Monday, Jan. 21
Wyatt Decker, MD, CEO, Mayo Clinic Arizona
Tuesday, Jan. 15
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Camelback Golf Club
Happy hour at the Oasis
Friday, Jan. 18
4 to 6 p.m.
McCord Hall, Rm 450