Pomp and Circumstances

James Mooney

James Mooney (BSM ’22), who served as president of the Freeman School’s Green Bull Investment Group, was one of more than 700 graduates who took part in this year’s diploma ceremonies. Mooney is joined by his mother, Suping Mooney, and his uncle, Zhiming Gong.

Graduation 2022 represented a welcome return to normalcy for the Freeman School. After two years of pandemic-related cancellations and restrictions, the Freeman School’s diploma ceremonies returned to the Avron B. Fogelman Arena in Devlin Fieldhouse on May 20 with the customary pomp and circumstance, recognizing more than 700 degree candidates across undergraduate and graduate programs.

In his opening remarks, Freeman School Dean Paulo Goes described the volatile business environment awaiting the class of 2022, filled with everything from an ongoing pandemic and geopolitical conflicts to climate change and disruptive automation. Despite these challenges, Goes assured graduates they would thrive, thanks in large part to their time at Freeman.

“The differentiator is what you are taking away from the Freeman experience,” Goes said. “The entrepreneurial spirit, the quest for innovation and all the attributes that make you successful — problem solving, collaboration, communication, critical thinking. But above all, you will succeed because you will bring passion to everything you do. Tulane and passion, passion and Tulane. They go together!”

Bridgitte Anillo (BSM ’22), Hannah Goldstein (BSM ’22) and Jared Ryback (BSM ’22) received the BSM Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the graduating Bachelor of Science in Management student (or students in the case of a tie) with the highest cumulative grade point average. Nushrah Naveed Malik (MBA/MD ’22) received the Marta and Peter Bordeaux Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes the graduating MBA with the highest
cumulative grade point average.

Following the presentation of diplomas to degree candidates, the Uptown Strutters Brass Band brought the crowd to their feet with a second line from the arena to the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex for a reception honoring this year’s graduates.

“We look forward to following your careers and watching as you contribute to building a better world,” said Dean Goes in his concluding remarks. “Please remember to keep in touch so that we can celebrate what my colleagues and I am confident will be your many accomplishments.”

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