The MS Tax Program’s Convocation Ceremony for its 10th graduating class was held on May 3, 2015 at the University Club of Chicago. The 28 students graduating received a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) degree. Over 160 guests were in attendance for the celebration, including family members from as far away as Asia.
The commencement address was given by Ms. Karen A. Matusinec, Senior Vice President and Treasurer, McDonald’s Corporation. Ms. Matusinec asked the graduates to think of three words to describe themselves in their current professional capacity. She then shared with them two sets of three words – the first described her earlier in her career and the second described her currently. She encouraged them to use this as a way of planning for the next phase in their careers to give them an understanding of how they got to where they are today so they could then use that knowledge to be more purposeful and take action to create their future. Reflection would allow them to celebrate their successes, learn from their mistakes, and build on their momentum. She encouraged them to be comfortable taking risks, even when it meant making non-traditional moves as she had.
She concluded by saying that career success comes through a blend of education, experience and exposure. She congratulated them on completing a very strategic element of their education by obtaining their MST. She encouraged them to look back and observe the path leading them to where they were today and with that grounding, step confidently and even more boldly as they move forward on their professional path. She closed with the following quote from Whitney Young: “It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.”
Other speakers included Dr. Larry DeBrock, Dean of the College of Business, Jeremy Davidoff, Class of 2015, and Amol Gavankar, Class of 2015.