May 22, 2020
The spring term has drawn to a close this week, and in the wake of finalizing that last assignment I encourage you to reflect on all that you have accomplished.
Perhaps most immediately, you are to be congratulated for all that you learned, applied, and achieved in this unexpectedly challenging spring term. “Adversity,” wrote the ancient Roman poet Horace, “has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” The creative talents you elicited this term – in the classroom and far beyond, in ways small and large – have been inspiring and impactful. Just yesterday, hundreds of you toasted the end of the term, with funny and touching celebrity videos from around the world – and hundreds more of you joined TuckTalks, with five of you teaching all of us in virtual attendance the power of story.
Each of you is also to be congratulated not just on this spring term, but on your accomplishments across the entire 2019-2020 academic year. Reflect on where you were professionally and personally last summer, and compare that year-ago version of yourself to what you are today. All that you learned in your Tuck classes; all the ways that you applied those learnings in various co-curricular settings; all the opportunities you pursued and attained in your career journey: I hope that every one of you sees accomplishments that are transforming you into the leader and person you aspire to be.
And, for you T’20s, you are to be congratulated (fingers crossed with final grades!) on completing all the requirements to be awarded your degree from (in my humble opinion) the world’s best MBA program. Reflect on where you were two years ago: excited to have earned admission to Tuck, busy with moving plans, and looking ahead to your Tuck journey. Do you remember where you were on the afternoon of Saturday, August 25, 2018? That’s right: in Cook Auditorium for the start of orientation – at which Dean Sally rightly foretold that your Tuck journey would proceed faster than you could imagine. As talented as you were upon arriving at Tuck, I sincerely hope that every one of you T’20s sees yourself today as a much wiser and more decisive leader thanks to all that you invested in and accomplished in crafting your personal Tuck journey.
Earning an MBA from the Tuck School requires commitment, effort, resolve, and teamwork. I know that I speak for all the Tuck faculty and staff in congratulating all of you students for successfully reaching the end of this term and this year. Good on you!
The days ahead bring many transitions – into summer internships, into post-Tuck jobs, in where one lives, and so forth. Amidst your transitions, please enjoy some deserved rest, reflection, and good cheer. And, as always, please take good care this weekend.
Dartmouth has formed a high-level task force to plan for and manage possible disruptions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, monitor federal and state recommendations, implement guidance, and communicate with our community.