The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics held a graduate convocation on Friday, Aug. 6, and recognized students who will graduate from WVU in August. The 87 students represent the Master of Science in Industrial Relations (MSIR), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) and Ph.D. in Economics degree programs.

As part of their plan of study at WVU , many of these students have traveled to China, Italy or Germany.

Being placed into another culture where they have had to think for themselves and adapt quickly by turning problems into adventures has sharpened their critical thinking skills and made them generally less skeptical in facing new situations,said Paul Speaker, director of the College of Business and Economics graduate programs.We are producing more diverse graduates given their direct experience as participants in the global economy.

William Hutchinson, the Colleges first Executive in Residence, was the keynote speaker. Hutchinson is the former corporate director of compensation and benefits at Union Carbide.

The MBA and MSIR elected class representatives also spoke at the ceremony. Elizabeth Vitullo, who represented the MBA class, and Jessica Holbert, who represented the MSIR class, shared with the audience some of the group experiences from the past year. They commented on the team aspect of projects and the diverse culture of their peers as some of the highlights of the program.