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Wilkes University In Mesa Graduates First MBA Students

The Hon. Scott Smith, former mayor of the City of Mesa, will be the keynote speaker as Wilkes University awards its first master of business administration degrees on Jan. 13. Three students will graduate with their master’s degrees in a 6 p.m. ceremony at the Mesa Arts Center. Diplomas will be presented by Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy.

The graduates are Jamie McWilliams MBA ’15, Erica Roca ’09 MBA ’15, Kelly Rogers MBA ’15. These students are the University’s first graduates in Mesa.

Smith was mayor when Wilkes opened its center in Mesa as one of four colleges invited to participate in the H.E.A.T. (Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Technology/Tourism) Initiative for Economic Development in Mesa, designed to increase college opportunities and spur economic growth.

The graduation ceremony will be in the Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse at the arts center. There will be a reception to immediately follow the ceremony in The Brown Sculpture Courtyard.

Requests for photo opportunities should be sent to Jennifer Atkins, Jennifer.atkins1@wilkes.edu or 480-878-4403.

Wilkes began offering its MBA program in Mesa in 2013, and will offer bachelor’s degrees in 2015 along with the M.A. in creative writing and M.S. in education.  Wilkes is located in the Mesa Center for Higher Education, 245 W. Second St. in Mesa.

 About Wilkes University

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the University provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu/mesa.