On Saturday, June 13, 2020, a beautiful spring day in Hanover, Dean Matthew J. Slaughter stood in front of the iconic Tuck podium in front of Tuck Hall to address 286 soon-to-be Tuck graduates.
Though the graduates couldn’t join Dean Slaughter and associate deans Sally Jaeger and Joe Hall in Hanover due to public health concerns, T’20s and friends of Tuck tuned in from all over the world for a first-of-its-kind virtual Investiture celebration.
A culmination of creative efforts across the school, including weeks of careful planning by the T’20s in collaboration with the MBA Program Office, the special celebration honored the newest class of wise, decisive leaders with a combination of live and pre-recorded remarks. The celebration kicked off with live remarks from Dean Slaughter, and featured a live reading of awards and honors by deans Jaeger and Hall; an Investiture address delivered by Noreen Doyle T’74, chair of the board of Newmont Mining Corporation; a student address by Chris Waltham T’20; a collection of photos and videos celebrating the graduates’ accomplishments and their two years in Hanover; and perhaps most special of all, a heartwarming musical send-off from the Tuck Band to the tune of “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes.
T'20s in the Hanover area were able to pick up their diplomas on Sunday, June 14.
“You are forevermore part of Tuck’s tightly-supportive community, now one of our more than 10,000 alumni circling the world,” Slaughter told the Class of 2020, the 120th class to graduate from Tuck. “Our Tuck community will always be at your side—to connect you to new people and new opportunities, to encourage your continued learning and striving, and to celebrate your many accomplishments.”
Tuck MBA degrees were distributed on Sunday, June 14 during a socially distant meet-up organized by the MBA Program Office and T’20 Student Board. An in-person Investiture ceremony for the Class of 2020 will commence in summer 2021, details forthcoming.
Below is a roundup of highlights from Tuck’s first-ever virtual Investiture.
During her speech, Doyle, chair of the board of Newmont Mining Corporation and the first woman to chair the British Banker’s Association, outlined five action points for the graduates and future leaders as they prepare to embark on their next career journey.
“Make sure you and your organization understand, minimize, and strive to eliminate unconscious bias,” she told graduates. “Aim for gender parity in senior operating roles. Measure against targets and communicate results internally and externally. Endeavor to promote based on performance and not presence. And make sure senior women with potential have sponsors in your organization, as well as mentors.”
This year’s Tuck Band, 20 Degrees of Freedom, prepared a tribute performance by reimagining "Home" by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes.
Tuck faculty and staff share their congratulations in a special video message to the T’20s.
Read by Sally Jaeger, associate dean of the MBA Program, and Joseph M. Hall, senior associate dean for teaching and learning, the following students are this year’s scholars and award winners.