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Beyond the MBA Classroom: Getting Formal at Wharton

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Although donning formal wear is certainly not a prerequisite for attending Wharton, the Winter Formal, which takes place before the end of the fall semester, gives first- and second-year students the opportunity to break out a tuxedo or a ball gown. In the past, this event has regularly been held at the beautiful 30th Street Train Station. A last hurrah of sorts, the Spring Formal is a black-tie-optional party that can induce nostalgia for some second-year students, but at its core, is still a party. Both first- and second-year students can attend this event, at which the deans present student awards.

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