22 June 2017- It was a day for joyful jubilee as students, parents, faculty and friends gathered to celebrate the year’s long-awaited capstone event, the graduation of GBSB Global Business School’s Class of 2017!
The big day has arrived.
The graduation commencement and reception was held at the Hotel SB Diagonal Zero Barcelona, a contemporary 4-star hotel by the Fòrum and the beach. Students, family, and friends arrived around 4 in the afternoon to mix, mingle and relish in the vibrant atmosphere such a fantastic milestone generates.
Welcome to our graduates, friends, and family.
Misozi Tembo and Ioannis Antonopoulos took the lead as the hosts for the festivities, welcoming esteemed guests from across the globe.
Words of wisdom inspiring us all.
Dr. Yelena Smirnova, Dean of GBSB Global Business School, addressed the audience with a short message about embracing failure as a rite of passage. Without making mistakes in life, we will never learn. Students should not fear failure as a setback or become discouraged, but rather learn from the experience and continue to reach for the stars.
“If You Have a Lemon, Make A Lemonade- That is what a great educator does. But the fool does the exact opposite. If he finds that life has handed him a lemon, he gives up and says: "I'm beaten. It is fate. I haven't got a chance." Then he proceeds to rail against the world and indulge in an orgy of selfpity. But when the wise man is handed a lemon, he says: "What lesson can I learn from this misfortune? How can I improve my situation? How can I turn this lemon into a lemonade?” - Dale Carnegie
MA in Fashion and Luxury Business Management
They always say Barcelona is a global city, but it is epitomized in real life at GBSB Global. Diversity has been our biggest asset, learning from not only the faculty and the wise words and experiences they share, but students have learned so much from the man or woman sitting right next to him or her.
“Become more of yourself…through compassion, a wise mind and a vibrant heart, share everything you are. We are truly more than we have courage to admit. You, graduates, have the ability to do all that you aspire. Follow your own life’s rhythm. There are no limits for you my friends.” - Tanja Sredojevic, Class of 2017 graduate spoke on behalf of the MA in Fashion and Luxury Business Management program
The MA in Fashion and Luxury Business Management students took their graduation to a higher level and added a creative run way show modeling the school’s core values on their personally designed t-shirts, giving the audience a distinct taste of how GBSB Global stands apart from other business schools in both its high standard of curriculum and values.
MA in Tourism and Hospitality Management
An empty canvas stands in front of you and you are the artist, Professor Willem Van Rossem addressed the graduates. During his experience working for Walt Disney he was presented with this question, “What will be your legacy?” A question that has always reverberated through his mind. We are here for purpose and it is for you to decide what your personal destiny will be.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Collaboration is vital in business, especially in diverse communities. GBSB Global Business School embraces student diversity in such a way that everyone learns. We learn to work together, creating a unique understanding and richer relationships. The experience at GBSB Global will forever add value to your professional career. - Professor Gilberto Palmerín
MA in Business Innovation & MA in Communication and Future Marketing
Professor Stephen Harrison stole the hearts and minds of the audience as he took them on a stroll down his memory lane. He is the professor that students will confess made the classroom not only educational but entertaining through his gift for storytelling. Professor Harrison would not let this last opportunity pass him by without regaling the graduates with one last final adieu.
Professor Harrison painted the picture of his 16-year-old self in secondary school in the UK. The Head Master in his final farewell address speech told students to “go out and get proper jobs.” Mystified as to what sort of ‘proper job’ his Head Master was referring to, Mr. Harrison, at the time, enlisted in the airborne and became a fighter pilot, surely that was a ‘proper job.’ Five years after that dreadful speech that limited the potential of so many, Mr. Harrison went back to the office of his former Head Master and presented himself and his accomplishments. Impressed by such fetes, he was asked to speak to the student body about his success.
“There will always be naysayers,” Professor Harrison advised GBSB Global students. Quoting John F. Kennedy, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” Defy the naysayers, and in the words of Nike, “Just do it.”
MSC & MBA
A special dance performance was provided by a select number of MSC & MBA students rounding off the formal commencement ceremony and marking the students’ time in Barcelona. An upbeat finale that reared the audience to their foot and put a little groove in their step.
Class of 2017
Special awards were recognized, and these individuals were the recipients of the esteemed honors.
Lauren Jessica Barwise
Best Thesis Award
Student Council Certificate
Outstanding Performance Certificate
Rosalie Abi Karam
Best Student Certificate, Highest GPA
Lisa Karolina Wagner
Summa cum laude
Summa cum laude
Niklas Alexander Hanfstängl
Summa cum laude
Caps are flying high.
Not everything about the ceremony was traditional, but in keeping in step with the past, the traditional cap toss came at the end. The entire Class of 2017 climbed on stage to toss their black cap in the air with pomp and circumstance.
Let the celebrations commence.
Immediately after the ceremony, the celebrations began, with wine and hors d’oeuvres enjoyed on the hotel’s outdoor terrace. Graduates socialized with family, faculty, and friends, reminiscing on the past nine months of study, their memories and speaking of their future endeavors. The mood of the celebration was light and merry. For the day marked the turning of a page. A school that brought such a diverse, talented array of individuals together had to provide a proper send off, for tomorrow they would venture out on a new path headed for greatness.
Written by Emily Dawn Szajda, GBSB Global Business School Content Manager