CMU-SV Celebrates Graduates at Diploma Ceremony-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

CMU-SV Celebrates Graduates at Diploma Ceremony-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CMU-SV Celebrates Graduates at Diploma Ceremony

Daniel Harbor, MS SM ’15
Daniel Harbor, MS SM ’15

Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley recently hosted a diploma ceremony to recognize its recent graduates from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) and the Integrated Innovation Institute. The ceremony was held on August 9 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.

The diploma ceremony was an exciting event, held off-campus for the first time in several years. Jonathan Cagan, director for innovation and entrepreneurship for the College of Engineering, served as master of ceremonies for the event.

“It was fabulous to see the enthusiastic students from Integrated Innovation's Software Management and from the ECE Department graduate at CMU-SV. The graduates, close with each other and their faculty, completed another successful year at the campus,” says Cagan.

The Silicon Valley campus congratulated a large group of students, presenting 90 graduates with diplomas at the ceremony. Bob Iannucci, distinguished service professor for ECE, and Anupam Datta, associate professor for ECE, presented diplomas to the ECE master’s and Ph.D. students. They recognized 35 students completing master’s degrees in fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015 in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Software Engineering and six Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Gladys Mercier, director of the Software Management program, and Cagan presented diplomas for the Integrated Innovation Institute master’s students. They recognized 49 students completing master’s degrees in Software Management this summer and fall.

Diploma Ceremony - 2015

The Integrated Innovations Institute also awarded two special student honors at the diploma ceremony. Alumnus Darel Chapman MS SM ’14 received the Return on Education Award, presented by Sheryl Root, associate professor of practice in Software Management. As a successful entrepreneur, Chapman was recognized for his effective application of his education in his professional life.

Daniel Harbor MS SM ’15 was chosen by his classmates to be the Software Management Student Speaker. Harbor received his undergraduate degree from the American University of Nigeria in Africa before entering the Software Management program in fall 2014. He focused on the unique student experience of CMU-SV in his speech: “We have made friends from thousands of miles across the globe and come to appreciate their cultures with little attention to how different they are from ours. Even more importantly, we have found a way to create our own unique culture – one where we all feel at home regardless of our individual beliefs.”

The graduating students will hit the ground running and take advantage of the many opportunities in the technology hub of Silicon Valley area. They have plans to use their degrees in a variety of different settings: large companies, startups or even entrepreneurial endeavors. “This talented graduating class will go on to do many amazing things,“ said Jelena Kovačević, Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Pittsburgh. “We are already proud of them."