Inaugural Graduation with Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins

Inaugural Graduation with Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins

WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Over 700 people from across the globe gathered at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 11, 2016, for the inaugural graduation ceremony of the Jack Welch Management Institute, one of the fastest-growing MBA programs in the world. The program has graduated 501 working professionals since its inception in 2010 and currently has over 1,200 students enrolled.


“The unique mission of this school is to improve the lives of each and every graduate. Every one of us, from admissions, to the faculty, to administration, is committed to this goal—it’s what JWMI is all about,” said Jack Welch, founder and Executive Chairman of JWMI while addressing graduates, alumni, and their families. “I see in our graduates the confidence and energy to take on just about any challenge.” Welch personally shook hands with every student as they crossed the stage.

In addition to recognizing the new generation of business leaders who graduated, Welch awarded Quarterback Kirk Cousins with an honorary MBA, explaining that Cousins was chosen for his natural leadership ability, humility, and perseverance as well as his record-shattering performance with the Washington Football Team.

Welch interviewed Cousins on stage about the highs and lows of his career, and leadership lessons learned on and off the field. Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu also hosted a keynote Q&A session with Welch about the importance of candid feedback, how to lead winning teams, and more of today’s most urgent management issues.


Recently named the number one most influential education brand on LinkedIn and one of the top ten business schools to watch in 2016, the Jack Welch Management Institute offers an online MBA program that is specifically designed to help solve today’s leadership skills crisis in the workforce.

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***MEDIA NOTE: To speak with Jack Welch, please contact Cristina Henley at [email protected] or (202) 541-5538

About The Jack Welch Management Institute

The core mission of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University is to transform the lives of students by providing them with the tools they need to become better leaders, build great teams, and help their organizations win. For more information, please visit

About Strayer University

Strayer University has been in operation since 1892, and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, economics, information systems, information technology, human resource management, education, health services administration, public administration, management and criminal justice to working adult students. The University includes Strayer@Work, which serves corporate clients by delivering the next generation of performance improvement and workforce development. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).


Strayer University
Cristina Henley, 202-541-5538
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