• During 4 days INCAE graduated 328 students, and held on-site ceremonies for 578 graduates who had previously graduated virtually. 

Returning to the on-site format for graduation ceremonies, these celebrations were held from April 27 to 30, with the particularity that, on the first two days, students who completed their programs during 2023 graduated, and on the last two days, on-site ceremonies were held for graduates who were unable to celebrate during the pandemic, and had them virtual.

The new Incaístas graduates were accompanied by their families, friends and teachers, who were eager to share with them this great achievement. In addition, the event was available with live streaming from the YouTube channel of INCAE, which was widely attended by family and friends of our graduates.

Rector Enrique Bolaños Abaunza

Rector Enrique Bolaños Abaunza

"For me it is really impressive to be graduating over 300 students from 8 different programs, when not so long ago we were graduating only from our MBA and EMBA. This is a reflection of how INCAE has transformed and innovated its programs, always maintaining the quality of our education and offering relevant programs to give future leaders the tools to continue making a positive and sustainable impact in the region. I am very proud to know that so many Incaístas today join our network of graduates, a network that is characterized by leading with ethics and being agents of change in their communities, communities, societies, and countries. That is what INCAE is committed to, to transform lives in Latin America for a better future" said Enrique Bolaños Abaunza, Rector of INCAE Business School.

The programs that graduated were: 

Thursday, April 27:

  • Master in Business Administration
  • Executive Master in Business Administration
  • Executive Master in Business Analytics and Data Management
First generation of the Master in Agribusiness MAB (in conjunction with El Zamorano)

First generation of the Master in Agribusiness MAB (in conjunction with El Zamorano)

Friday, April 28:

  • Master in Analytics, Innovation and Technology
  • Executive Master in Marketing Innovation and Digital Transformation
  • Master's Degree in Marketing and Customer-Oriented Digital Transformation
  • Master in Agribusiness Management
  • Master in Data Analytics

This is the first graduation of the Master in Agribusiness Management (MAB), designed and launched in alliance with Zamorano. Zamorano President Sergio Rodríguez was present during the ceremony.

Sergio Rodríguez, Zamorano President

Sergio Rodríguez, Zamorano President

"At Zamorano we are committed to promoting professional development of world-class excellence, which allows our student community to have a global vision, focused on communities and the environment. INCAE and Zamorano are today contributing 36 professionals who will contribute to promoting more sustainable, resilient and inclusive agribusinesses in a global environment," said Sergio Andrés Rodríguez Royo, Zamorano President. Sergio Andrés Rodríguez Royo, Zamorano's President, said.

Bernard Kilian, Dean of the Faculty of INCAE

Bernard Kilian, Dean of the Faculty of INCAE

The Dean of the Faculty of INCAE, Bernard Kilian, regarding this first MAB graduation, added "We are very pleased to have shared this first graduation of the MAB program designed and launched in alliance with Zamorano, a generation composed of 36 new graduates Incaístas that will contribute a lot to our region. I am sure it will be the first of many to come."

A total of 328 new graduates from 19 nationalities, 32% women and 68% men, graduated from Incaístas, complementing the more than 19,000 current graduates.

The ceremonies held on April 29 and 30 gave the graduates the experience of participating in a face-to-face ceremony in the company of their virtual classmates, family and friends.

Incaístas from the following programs participated:

Saturday, April 29:

  • Master in Business Administration Latin American Leadership 2020 and 2021
  • Master in Business Administration Global Perspective 2020

Sunday, April 30:

  • Executive Master in Business Administration 2020 and 2021
  • Executive Master in Marketing and Digital Transformation 2020 and 2021
  • Executive Master in Business Analytics and Data Management 2020 and 2021
  • Executive Master in Operations Management and Technology 2020
  • Executive Master in Management 2020 and 2021
  • Executive Master in Finance 2020 and 2021
Some of the graduates honored for their 40th and 50th anniversaries.

Some of the graduates honored for their 40th and 50th anniversaries.

This day also honored the graduates of MAE II and MAE III, who celebrated their 50th anniversary, and MAE XII and MAE XIII, who celebrated their 40th anniversary.

A total of 578 participants Incaístas, corresponding to 35% of women and 65% of men, from 21 countries, were celebrated.

Ceremonies

Rodolfo Tabash Espinach, President and CEO of BAC Credomatic Network. Guest of honor at the April 27th graduation

Rodolfo Tabash Espinach, President and CEO of BAC Credomatic Network. Guest of honor at the April 27th graduation

Ileana Rojas, Global Vice President of Design Engineering at Intel Corporation, and Intel Country Manager in Costa Rica. Guest of Honor April 28.

Ileana Rojas, Global Vice President of Design Engineering at Intel Corporation, and Intel Country Manager in Costa Rica. Guest of Honor April 28.

On Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, the graduates received valuable messages, invaluable advice and life experiences from the Guests of Honor. The first day corresponded to Rodolfo Tabash Espinach, President and CEO of BAC Credomatic Network, and the second to Ileana Rojas, Global Vice President of Design Engineering at Intel Corporation, and Country Manager of Intel in Costa Rica.

In what turned out to be very moving moments, Dean Bernard Kilian introduced the dedicated professors of each of the programs and read the messages prepared for them by their students.

The salutatorians, who are the students with the second best average of the entire group of graduates, and the valedictorians, who are the best averages, also participated and gave messages and advice to their classmates.

In addition, representatives of the INCAE Oath Club read the oath, which includes: "As a business leader, I recognize the importance of my role in society. My purpose is to lead people and manage resources to create sustainable value, balancing economic, social and environmental factors. My leadership and decisions will impact the well-being of individuals, organizations, communities, and society as a whole."

Finally, titles, degrees and distinctions were awarded and the final academic procession was held.

Camelia Ilie, Dean of Executive Education and Strategic Innovation

Camelia Ilie, Dean of Executive Education and Strategic Innovation

"We congratulate all the students on the successful completion of their studies. A graduation is much more than the closing of a chapter. It is the beginning of a new stage of growth and transformation that should continue throughout their lives because, as the philosopher Henri Bergson said, 'To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to continue to create oneself without end.' We hope that our graduates will continue to discover new frontiers with the knowledge and experiences gained during their studies to live with purpose and positively impact the lives of others." Remarks by Camelia Ilie, Dean of Executive Education and Strategic Innovation.