Kellogg puts on a a series of events during the week of graduation as a last hurrah for the graduating class. The events, which started on Monday, include a cruise on the lake, a trip to a Cubs game, and a formal tonight at a local museum. Even if you can't make it out to any of the official events though, there are plenty of unofficial events going on as well, like small group dinners.
Unfortunately, I've only been able to make it out to 1 of the official events this week because I've been preparing to leave Evanston immediately after graduation (keep that in mind when you are planning your move post grad school). I've spent the last week giving my stuff away, shipping boxes, cleaning the apartment, and taking care of other logistics tied to the move. The goal is to be completely done by tomorrow morning when the family gets in.
For incoming students, here is a tip that will make your moving life easier. Keep a document somewhere with a list of all of the places where you have to change your address, because it is likely that you'll be changing those addresses at least 4 times: the start of grad school, the start of your internship, the end of your internship, and when you graduate. I'm at a point now where I can just run down my list and tick off all of the address changes like clockwork.
The event that I made it out to Monday evening, Keep Kellogg Close, was new to our class. The school gave all of the graduating students a unique gift to embody our connection to Kellogg and our graduating class. The men were given a custom Polo tie, and the ladies received a custom Tiffany bracelet. I'm wondering who will be the first student in our class to get the tie on television...
After the gifts had been handed out and everyone was settled in, we listened to a few short speeches from our class' KSA president and a rather successful Kellogg alum, who was once the CEO of Hershey's, easily one of the most delicious companies in the world.
It was a nice event, but I don't think they expected so many folks to show up. The auditorium we were in was completely full, with people standing all around. Afterward, it felt like a bit of a circus in the room where they were serving dinner. I'm certain that they'll make adjustments to the event going forward now that they have a better idea of what to expect.
On an unrelated note, they've put up a display at Jacobs with all of the latest Kellogg business cases that looks pretty neat.
I think that if a case is published while the professor who wrote it is teaching a class, then all of the students can sign the cover sheet, which is then framed as above. At least that is how it worked when Professor Mazzeo published a case during my first quarter.