Jack Welch Management Institute Hosts Second Annual Graduation Ceremony

Jack Welch Management Institute Hosts Second Annual Graduation Ceremony

School awards honorary degree to David Zaslav, CEO, Discovery Communications

Washington, D.C. – May 31, 2017 – The Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI) hosted its second annual graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Over 850 people gathered to celebrate 175 graduates and alumni. Since becoming part of Strayer University in 2012, JWMI has quickly grown, graduating over 700 working professionals. The school currently has over 1,500 students enrolled.

“Our student-centered educational model celebrates each and every individual success. We are here to win and to improve the lives of those we lead. The students graduating today are charged with that mission.” said Jack Welch, Founder and Executive Chairman of JWMI while addressing graduates, alumni and their families. “We are thrilled to see our graduates filled with more self-confidence and energy to take on just about any challenge. They carry a healthy optimism about the future and their role in it.” Welch personally shook hands with every student as they crossed the stage.

In addition to recognizing JWMI graduates, Welch awarded president and CEO of Discovery Communications, David Zaslav, with an honorary MBA for his commitment to growing leaders in business and media.

“David represents all we teach every day in our school: setting a mission, defining where you want to go, putting principles like candor into place and getting the job done,” said Welch.

On stage with Welch, Zaslav remarked that “Life is about mentors, they define you. Learning from others, personal connections, and a powerful idea is all it takes to spark an ember.”

“It is amazing to see the excitement and confidence in each one of you,” Welch added. Welch’s advice to the graduates: “I challenge you to make work fun.”

Recently named one of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs for 2017 by the Princeton Review and the number one most influential education brand on LinkedIn, 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. The school’s most recent Net Promoter Score is 81, on par with the best customer service organizations in the world.

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***MEDIA NOTE: To speak with Jack Welch, please contact Rachel Richelieu (202) 557-4920 or [email protected].

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 MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).

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