Nagurney gives commencement speech at University of Gothenberg
Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School, gave the master's commencement "diploma" speech on June 14 at the University of Gothenburg's School of Business, Economics and Law to an audience of more than 400.
In her speech, she spoke about "Life as a Network" and the journeys that the degree recipients took to achieve their graduate degrees. She emphasized the importance of hard work and passion, how local action can make a global impact and that chance encounters can lead to great opportunities. She also discussed how she became aware of the opportunity to become a visiting professor at the school, where she will be spending part of her sabbatical for the 2012-13 year.
She offered advice to the graduates on the importance of adaptability, persistence and resilience and spoke on her affinity for Sweden and close cultural connections to Ukraine, which is the country of her heritage.
More than 120 received their degrees in specialties ranging from finance to transport and logistics management, and international business and trade. The event was preceded by a luncheon with representatives of the Richard C. Malmsten Foundation at which the awards for best master's theses were given and ended with a reception with strawberries and champagne.