Rollins MBA Grads, Alumni Sign MBA Oath

The Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business recently announced that students from the graduating class of 2011, as well as several alumni, signed the Rollins MBA Oath in a special ceremony last week. The MBA Oath, initiated in 2009 by the graduating class of Harvard Business School in the wake of the financial crisis, is a voluntary student-led pledge that the goal of a business manager is to “serve the greater good.”

At the ceremony students and alumni co-signed the Oath with associate dean Steve Gauthier, received a cord for graduates to wear with cap and gown, and an oath lapel pin to wear as an alumnus.

The MBA Oath is now a broad coalition of MBA students, graduates and advisors embraced by over 300 institutions around the world. The MBA Oath’s long-term goal is to transform the field of management into a true profession, one in which MBAs are respected for their integrity, professionalism, and leadership.

Although most if not all business schools support the notion of responsible management, not all have signed the MBA Oath. Two notable exceptions, Yale School of Management and INSEAD, have expressed reservations about the project.

“Rollins College educates students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, empowering graduates to pursue meaningful lives and productive careers,” says Mary Conway Dato-on, associate professor of International Business for Rollins MBA, in a statement announcing the news.

“Rollins MBA graduates are publicly declaring their aspirations for higher professional standards by taking the Rollins MBA Oath. From now on, each graduate and all alumni will also be able to participate in the oath-taking ceremony. Together, the Rollins MBA graduates are setting a higher standard for business leaders,” Dato-on says.

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