The MS Tax Program’s Convocation Ceremony for its 8th graduating class was held on May 5, 2013 at the University Club of Chicago.  The 31students graduating received a Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) degree.  Over 160 guests were in attendance for the celebration, including family members from as far away as Korea.

The commencement address was given by Ms. Pamela F. Olson, Deputy Tax Leader and Washington National Tax Service Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.  Ms. Olson observed that a career in taxes has never been more challenging due to the complexity of the tax laws, as well as today’s business and political landscapes.  In reflecting on these challenges, she advised the students that the English origin of the word “career” — which was used to describe Medieval knights competing in tournaments, riding horses at great speed in short bursts, while nimbly changing direction – was still an apt description of a Tax career today.  She encouraged the graduates to do the following:  if an opportunity presents itself to work on the other side, take it; give back both personally and professionally; strive to make the tax system work better; trust others and be trustworthy; and follow the adage that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

Other speakers included Dr. Larry DeBrock, Dean of the College of Business and Bethany L. Rapinchuk, Class of 2013.