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LAU Technologies' Joanna Lau Addresses Bentley College Graduate Students at 23rd Annual Commencement

May 15, 1998


WALTHAM, Mass.- Presiding over his first graduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, Bentley College President Joseph G. Morone welcomed LAU Technologies' Chairperson Joanna Lau, who delivered an address to the Class of 1998. Degrees were presented to 641 graduate students who hail from 19 states and territories and 41 countries.

Lau was one of two distinguished guests to receive an honorary degree, when Chairman of the Bentley College Board of Trustees Gary A. Jennison and Morone conferred upon her a Doctor of Commercial Science degree. The other honorary degree recipient was Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president and CEO of Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, who was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Lau, an engineer by trade, drew upon her experience working in a male-dominated field to discuss her four basic principles of success.

"I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the lessons I have learned in my career and what has worked for me," said Lau, a native of Hong Kong who emigrated to the United States at age 17. Her four principles are:

  • "Set your own agenda and don't wait for others to set it for you."
  • "Seize the opportunity of a tough assignment."
  • "Commitment."
  • "May your education never cease."

"Do this and you will gain everything from life that you so richly deserve," said Lau. "Your education has given you the freedom in life to choose what you want.

"People sometimes- and mistakenly, I believe- ascribe the strong reputation of an institution such as this to the caliber of what's inside," she added. "But the fact of the matter is that a learning institution can only be judged by the quality of the product. That product is you. . . . Your achievements will become the measure of [Bentley's] greatness in the future."

Several students and faculty members were honored at the exercise. John A. Sasso (Reading, Mass.), who earned an MBA, received the Professor E. William Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence; Dana Vittum (Waltham, Mass.), who earned an MS in Personal Financial Planning, was selected as the winner of the Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement; and Timothy S. Calderwood (South Thomaston, Maine), who also earned an MBA, was awarded the W. Michael Hoffman Prize for Business Ethics.

Professor of Law Gerald R. Ferrera (Framingham, Mass.) was the winner of the Gregory H. Adamian Excellence in Teaching Award; Professor of Management Mark M. Davis (Sudbury, Mass.) was named the Scholar of the Year; and Assistant Professor of Marketing Andrew Aylesworth (Framingham, Mass.) earned the Joseph M. Cronin Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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