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Traditions - Executive MBA


Even though The University of Texas at Dallas is considered a young university (under 50 years old), the Naveen Jindal School of Management offers several traditions in the Executive MBA program to build unity from cohort to cohort and to connect students and alumni through loyalty and pride.

Springate Cup

Dr. David Springate is the founder of the Executive MBA program and currently serves as a finance professor and as academic director of the Executive MBA program. The first Executive MBA class, the Class of 1994, introduced the Springate Cup. One student brought back a beer mug from Ireland and passed it to a fellow classmate for his leadership role in the class.

Since then, the Springate Cup has been a trophy that second-year students introduce to first-year students. Students vote on the first member to receive the Springate Cup. Each recipient subsequently chooses who should receive the Springate Cup the following month. After a new class is enrolled, the last recipient of the Springate Cup passes it on to the incoming class. The Springate Cup has been passed from class to class every year for the past 22 cohorts.

Kimberly Peelman, EMBA 2019 Springate Cup

Bonnie Hooker, EMBA 2019, was presented with the Springate Cup from Eric Rossnagel and a few of her classmates.

View more Springate Cup photos on the Executive MBA program Facebook Page.

EMBA Class of 2016 at the annual Welcome Reception

EMBA Class of 2020 at the
annual Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

The annual Welcome Reception takes place each year during orientation. EMBA and GLEMBA students, alumni and faculty are encouraged to attend and meet the incoming class.

EMBA Class of 2017

EMBA Class of 2018 at the Friends and
Family Graduation

Friends and Family Graduation

In addition to the formal JSOM graduation ceremony, each May, the Executive MBA program host an informal graduation dedicated to the class, their families, friends and employers. During the ceremony, outstanding achievement awards are presented for

  • Academic Achievement (highest GPA)
  • Class Leadership
  • Best Study Group Contributor
  • Teaching Excellence
  • The Finish Line Cup*

*The Finish Line Cup is awarded to the student who demonstrates leadership in pulling the class over the proverbial program finish line in the Executive MBA Program.

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