Inaugural Students Graduate from Drexel’s Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento
Two years after opening its high-tech Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Drexel University is celebrating the graduation of its first class of students.
Thirty-five students will be honored this weekend at a celebration event that will precede a formal graduation in June. They have earned an MBA, MS-library & information science, or MS-information systems.
“We are truly proud to have educated and mentored such an extraordinary group of working professionals,” said Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III, senior vice president of Drexel and dean of its Center for Graduate Studies. “These individuals showed how entrepreneurial they are when they enrolled with us. Now the region will see just how farsighted they were and experience the value that comes from a practical, nationally top-ranked graduate education.”
Kyle Glankler was among those first students who began classes in January 2009. Glankler, who earned his MBA while working as a business development manager for Roebbelen Contracting Inc., said he obtained much more than he expected from his Drexel experience.
“When I enrolled in Drexel’s MBA program, I was expecting to learn numbers, accounting and finance,” said Glankler, who served as Drexel’s first Graduate Student Association president. “I learned all that, but I also learned so much more. Drexel has a great program that gives all its students, regardless of their area of study, a new perspective on leadership. Drexel shined a light on an area that I didn’t fully understand before. I have a new outlook on what it means to be an authentic leader. That’s going to benefit me in the future.”
Alumni and graduating students joined faculty and senior staff members to celebrate the first class of Drexel graduates at a reception Saturday, Jan. 8, at the Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento. They were welcomed into Drexel’s 130,000 alumni community by James Gravesande, (Drexel ’84), the president of Drexel’s Northern California Alumni Club.
With more students completing their coursework in the months ahead, almost 100 working professionals will be eligible to participate in the formal Commencement ceremonies being planned for June in Philadelphia and Sacramento.
Since opening in January 2009, Drexel has enrolled more than 350 students in its doctorate and master’s degree programs in Sacramento. The Center for Graduate Studies is known as one of Northern California’s most high-tech conference and educational facilities. In its state-of-the-art classrooms, Drexel – a top-ranked national comprehensive university – teaches six master’s, one doctorate, and one post-baccalaureate program that are designed for working professionals.
All eight programs are focused on the heart of Greater Sacramento’s growth and economic development initiatives – entrepreneurial business, human resource development, higher education, public health, knowledge management and information science. Classes “fit” with the students’ business responsibilities and are a blend of in-class and online pedagogies. All classes are held in the evenings or on occasional weekends.
Information for Drexel's graduate programs in California can be found at drexel.edu/sacramento or by calling (916) 325-4600. The next Information Session will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Graduate Center, One Capitol Mall, Suite 260.
Disclosure: Jeffrey Weidel is V.P. of Halldin Public Relations in Roseville