Congratulations HDO Class of 2016!

Lewis Miller, HDO Marketing Coordinator
December 22, 2016

The Human Dimensions of Organizations (HDO) Master’s Class of 2016 graduated on Friday, December 2, 2016. HDO’s faculty, staff, and advisors—not to mention the students’ families and friends—are incredibly proud of the hard work these graduates have put in over the past 15 months!

Practical Applications of the Humanities for the Modern Workplace

The graduates kicked off the exciting day by presenting their Capstone Projects at HDO’s annual poster session, Practical Applications of the Humanities for the Modern Workplace, held at the AT&T Executive Conference Center. Each HDO Master’s student produces a Capstone Project that allows them to personalize HDO’s innovative multidisciplinary curriculum and apply it to an issue(s) of their choosing.

These projects, which explore the applicability of the humanities and social and behavioral sciences to businesses and nonprofit organizations, serve as a culmination of all the work students have put forth in pursuit of their degree.

Along the way, these students have explored a diverse range of disciplines, including psychology, literature, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and rhetoric and covered topics such as leadership, ethics, diversity, change management, and decision-making. Click here to learn more about the Class of 2016’s Capstone Projects.

The poster session—HDO’s highest-attended to date—was an opportunity for HDO students to present their projects to the general public, faculty members, business and nonprofit leaders, advisors, family members, and friends. The gallery below includes several photographs from the session.
 

 

Graduation Ceremony

Following the poster session, we held a graduation ceremony at the Main Building on Following the poster session, we held a graduation ceremony at the Main Building on the UT Austin campus. HDO Director Art Markman kicked off the ceremony with some reflections on the achievements of HDO’s thirds graduating class. He was followed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UT, Randy Diehl, and commencement speaker.

Dr. Markman then presented a plaque of recognition to HDO External Advisor Jodi Batten in recognition of her donation establishing HDO’s first endowment, the Eugene F. Savoie and Jodi M. Batten-Savoie Endowment, which was given in memory of Jodi’s late husband and fellow External Advisor, Eugene Savoie.

HDO External Advisor Catherine Crago followed with a rousing commencement speech, which was followed by a recognition of each Class of 2016 graduate. HDO Professor Paul Woodruff wrapped up the ceremony with inspirational closing remarks. The gallery below includes several photographs from the ceremony.
 

 
 
All photos by Erika Rich, 2016
 

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