Monster Chief Tells Graduates to be Extra Agile, Revisits Wentworth Roots

August 22, 2016

President Zorica Pantić (left) presents Mark Stoever with an honorary degree

President Zorica Pantić (left) presents Mark Stoever with an honorary degree. (Photos by Joshua Touster)

By Dennis Nealon 

Nineteen years after he graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Mark Stoever is in a place he never imagined he would be, giving a graduation speech at his alma mater and working as the president and chief operating officer at Monster Worldwide—the internationally recognized employment services giant that reaches into more than 40 countries.

When he spoke to some 670 graduating students at Wentworth’s 2016 summer commencement, on August 21 at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Stoever tapped that improbable journey to talk about the critical roles that agility and creative thinking play in today’s ever-changing marketplace.

“I am here today to tell you that your degree should not determine what job you will do when you walk out this door,” he said. “Your degree will make up one of the tidbits of information on your profile, but it will surely NOT tell your career story…

“The pace of change in our world requires you to not only have skills that you learned in school, but to have an ability to think, adapt, and create. In fact, by some estimates, 65 percent of today’s school children will have jobs that don’t currently exist. What does that mean? Well, it means that if you do not know how to think critically, apply the information you learned to new and different scenarios, and create solutions that don’t currently exist, that you put yourself at risk in this rapidly changing job market. “
He urged the bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients to think of themselves as a toolkit.

“You see, when you shift ‘what do you do?’ to ‘what can you do?’ you will release yourself from your ‘profile’ and open yourself to possibilities that you didn’t know were there. Your career story will move beyond the profile and tell a story about what you as an individual can do.”

Stoever, PMW ’97, and Faraj Aalaei, EEE ’81, received honorary doctor of engineering degrees at the ceremony, for the leadership, ingenuity, and innovative spirit that they have demonstrated in their careers. Aalaei is the chief executive officer and president of Aquantia Corp., an Ethernet trailblazer and leading semiconductor developer of high-speed connectivity solutions for data centers and enterprise applications.

“The answer to ‘what can you do’ is more critical today than it ever was before,” said Stoever. “The last thing you want to hear about your job is, ‘there’s an app for that.’”

The ceremony featured students who excelled academically at Wentworth and contributed their time to programs and projects on and off campus.

Students singled out by President Zorica Pantić were: Luis Mata Carupe, a native of Venezuela and student in the Biomedical Engineering program; David Gidley, Business Management; Greg Lusky, the College of Professional and Continuing Education’s Building Management program; Megan McLaughlin, Construction Management; Pamela Mudge, Interdisciplinary Engineering; Chris Myer, Interior Design; Hayley Patton and Elizabeth Suitor, Biomedical Engineering; and Jaime A. Trejo, Computer Science.
Pantić congratulated students who participated in the commencement program: the singer, Sarah McIntyre; the student marshal, Megan McLaughlin; the Creed Book bearer, Cliff Freeman; and the Class of 2016 student speaker, Rachel Keen.

“I charge you to go out and do good work,” Pantić told the graduates. “You should pursue excellence in your profession, provide service to your community and follow your passions, thus becoming leaders in this Commonwealth, across the country or around the world. Go in pursuit of your dreams and achieve success in your careers by living the essence of a Wentworth education: Do. Learn. Succeed.”
Keen told her classmates that they are ready to meet the challenges ahead.

“Every success and every struggle that we overcame in our engineering, design, architecture, applied mathematics, and management programs has prepared us, not only for our careers, but more importantly, as individuals who can think critically and make important contributions to the world.”

The president recognized Adam R. Paczuski, winner of the Dr. H. Russell Beatty award for outstanding scholarship. Paczuski was the top student in Biomedical Engineering, with a GPA of 4.0—an awesome feat, said Pantić, “for a young man who has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments during his time at Wentworth.”

Stephanie Holland, ’06, BFPM, second vice president of the Wentworth Alumni Association (WAA), recognized members of the Class of 2016 who distinguished themselves academically: Jack Charles Reff, Applied Mathematics; Suitor, Biomedical Engineering; Lusky and Juan Alfredo Morales, Building Construction Management; Gidley; Maxwell G. Sherman, Civil Engineering; Martin Chomicki, Computer Engineering; Emmanuella Emmanuel, Computer Engineering Technology; Kody Yejun Huang, Computer Information Systems; Weijie Lin, Computer Networking; Christopher William Allen, Computer Science; Megan. R. McLaughlin, Construction Management; Richard Wyatt Rininger, Electrical Engineering; Ybes Sabato, Interdisciplinary Engineering; Farren Theo Williamson, Facility Planning and Management; Danielle M. Harrod and Rachel L. Giorgi, Industrial Design; Cole Emerson Leether and James A. Everson, Mechanical Engineering.

Holland presented the Institute with a $20,000 check, on behalf of the WAA, which will be used toward scholarships for future generations of Wentworth students.

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