The Duke MBA – Daytime MBA and PhD Graduation 2019

The Duke MBA – Daytime MBA and PhD Graduation 2019

October 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(bagpipe music) (applause) (applause) – Ladies and gentlemen I
ask that you please rise. I present to you the PhD and Daytime MBA Graduating Classes of 2019. (applause) (“Pomp and Circumstance
March” by Sir Edward Elgar) (crowd cheering) (“Pomp and Circumstance
March” by Sir Edward Elgar) Please be seated. I’m Bill Boulding and it’s
my extraordinary privilege to be the Dean of The
Fuqua School of Business. Every day at Fuqua, in
my view, is a great day, but today is an extraordinary day and it’s extraordinary because we’re here to celebrate the accomplishments
of these students, soon to be graduates, in front of me. I’m so grateful to have
all of them here with us and to celebrate this amazing achievement. I’d like to call special
attention to our PhD students, although small in number,
if you count the number of years that it takes to
get a PhD, it may add up to as many years of
education as the rest of you. (audience laughing) And also, our MBA students. It’s so fantastic to
celebrate this day with you and it’s a day full of extraordinary joy. I’m also so glad to have
so many friends and family with us today filling up
Cameron Indoor Stadium and making this obvious
that you have given so much support to the
students in front of me and we’re so grateful for your support in getting them to this moment. I’d also like to thank the
Fuqua faculty, the staff, who have made this journey
possible for all of you. It takes a group of people
to get something done that’s really incredible and
in this case is no exception. So thank you to all for joining us on this day of celebration. (applause) I’d like to start things
off with some comments from our MBA Co-Presidents
and so first to speak will be Jeanette Carneglia
and then Jeanette will introduce Taylor to
follow, but Jeanette you’re up. (applause) – Dean Boulding, Fuqua administrators, distinguished faculty,
dedicated staff, friends and family members, thank
you for being with us today. And for the moms in the
audience, happy mother’s day. (applause) To the class of 2019 I stand
before you immensely proud; proud of the graduates
I see in front of me. Among us there are new parents, individuals who completed their degree in a foreign language, academic geniuses, misfits, budding entrepreneurs, newly or soon to be wed power couples, future Americans, power
brokers, people people and me, the daughter of two
working class New Yorkers who while holding down two
or three jobs at a time showed me the kind of work
ethic it would take for me to be standing here before you today. I am immensely proud. We all have different backstories, but what brings us together
is the powerful experience we shared here, two years dedicated to becoming the worlds
uncommonly principled and good-humored future business leaders. Today we will walk across the stage in celebration of all that
we have both invested in and also taken away from Fuqua. For some of us our primary
takeaway is knowledge. Those of you who feel this
way blew past 79 credits months ago and squeezed every last bit of knowledge out of our faculty. You can calculate a discounted cash flow like a seasoned pro or run a regression to explain the hairiest of problems. You are prepared to impress with just how expansive
your brain has become. For others, you are taking away from Fuqua invaluable experience. You led your peers to
complete new projects that will impact many
future generations of MBAs. You partnered with a non-profit to uncover and solve problems they didn’t know were
preventing their success. You’ve accomplished a lot
and you are now prepared to take on tough business
challenges because ambiguous and unpredictable are
your new best friends thanks to your Fuqua experiences. And of course, there are the relationships we will all take away from Fuqua; the ones that clicked from the beginning that led to the late night heart-to-hearts and the just-in-time pep talks, as well as the ones
that never quite jelled, but you respect for what
the adversity taught you. It is the combination of
these knowledge experiences and people we bring into
the next phase of our lives and that make these two
years some of the best. Some people even say that it
makes our MBA years the best and to those people I say, God I hope not. I hope, like me, you feel like you’ve only just gotten started. I hope when you walk
across the stage today you feel a boundless
energy and the confidence that you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible. I am confident this is the case for us, because Fuquans are made from more. Fuqua has given us the tools
we need to be fearless, deliberately so, but fearless nonetheless. And so, I have two wishes
for you as you embark on what’s next: First, I wish for you more truly remarkable failures. The star stories we’ve
been telling recruiters aren’t the ones I’m talking about. I’m talking about the type of
failure that tests the limits of your mind, your heart
and your soul all at once. The ones that force you to build yourself back up from your foundation, because when you do the work to test and set new limits I have found that you are propelled to a new level of self-acceptance,
gratitude and determination. My Fuqua experience has taught me that. But you can’t do it alone. The reason I hope for more failure is because today you walk away with a stronger support system, better poise than ever
before to overcome them. Look around you and you
will see your enablers, your experts and your co-conspirators, the people who will help you
find the profound lessons and make sure you come
out on the other side of a stunning flop a better person. I also wish for you, the
courage to take bigger risks. The knowledge and
experience we have gained will lead us down a path starting today that enables us to do so
and reap bigger rewards. Our finance classes taught
us about risk and return, but nothing made the
brilliance of this relationship so apparent to me as the magnificent highs and the spectacular lows
of these past two years. I took some of the
biggest risks of my life and in doing so I realized
we now have the tools to carefully craft radical
ideas and plan contingencies to realize our audacious goals. And even though that volcano in Ecuador is still waiting for me to climb it, I vow never to stop rolling the dice, because when we do we find ourselves in pursuit of our dreams when others would have
stayed on the sidelines. So I hope we all find the courage someday to do something we are not
entirely sure will work and the confidence to keep
going even when it doesn’t. I recognize what I envision
for us, my fellow graduates, sounds a bit messy, but Fuqua
has given us what we need to make life and career
a little less scary, a lot more exciting and always
getting better and better. And so I’ll close with a lyric from fellow Yankee Frank Sinatra. He sang in 1959, “The best is yet to come “and won’t that be fine? “You think you’ve seen the sun, “but you ain’t seen it shine.” Thank you and congratulations
to the class of 2019. (applause) (cheering) I now have the pleasure of introducing my
co-conspirator, Taylor Donner. (applause) – Definitely not how I envisioned
my graduation day going. It’s definitely gonna put a damper on my golf game I can tell you that. All joking aside,
unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend Fuqua Finale,
but I wanted to say what an absolute pleasure it was to work with Jeanette and our
amazing cabinet this year. Each and every one of you
made me a better person in a different way. And Jeanette is right, the
best is definitely yet to come. But I gotta say the last two years are gonna be pretty hard to beat. There’s been parties and
proposals, trucks and trophies, and tons of hugs and high-fives as we walk through the mallway every day. In the last few weeks, we’ve
become very sentimental which has made it all
that more challenging to address you today. We’ve heard compelling
stories from members of the community,
witnessed deserving people receive awards and made plenty of toasts to our futures as leaders of consequence. A wise man with blue-rimmed
glasses and Duke cowboy boots once told me that one of his
personal forms of happiness is finding gratitude in everything. And in reflecting upon
these last two years, I ask myself, how do I say thank you? How do I say thank you for
making me feel part of a team? How do I say thank you for encouraging me to speak my truth and telling
me that my opinion matters? How do I say thank you for eagerly showing me your part of the world? How do I say thank you
to those who taught me that I absolutely must
be an advocate for all, especially those who have
different life experiences than I? And how do I say thank you
to all those who found joy in each and every one of our successes? And the answer is I really have no idea. But I do know what led me to
find what I’m grateful for. As a teacher in the rural
south who eventually wanted to work for a start-up in
New Orleans, I was skeptical that two years would be enough time to make me feel confident in my ability to thrive in the corporate world. In reality, I was terrified. Upon arriving here, I must
admit that I felt out of place. I was welcomed, but I felt out of place. Everyone seemed so successful, driven and certainly more self-assured than I. However, time came to reveal
that most of us were all on the same boat, stranded
in the middle of the sea with a compass we had no idea how to use. I know, ocean metaphors are super cheesy, but come on, you all know
how cheesy I actually am. So what did we do? We became a compass for one another while learning to navigate our own. Our C-Lead teammates guided
us through unfamiliar and challenging content. We helped steer each
other through internship and full-time recruiting. And whenever anyone needed
anything, whether it was to vent a frustration
or share a major win, we were always there to
keep our classmates afloat, even the guy whose name is
written on this court says that he wants to only
lead a team of players who make those around them
better and I can think of few other teams that do this better than our team right here, Team Fuqua. Although we may have made a
few wrong turns along the way and didn’t end up going in the
exact direction we intended to when we first wrote our essays, eventually each of us discovered something that enabled us to learn how to better navigate ourselves
and those around us. This inner compass or
whatever you wanna call it is something that we’ve always had, but today after this two-year journey, we’re fully prepared to
leverage it as we grow into even more distinguished
leaders of consequence and for that I must thank our
faculty and administration, our loving family members,
especially our mothers on this Mother’s Day weekend and the Fuqua MBA class of 2019. Cheer you all. (applause) Each year the graduating class gets to select the class speaker
and this year is no different. It is my distinct honor
to introduce to you, your class speaker, Jonathan “Johnny on the Street” Woodward. (applause) – All right! I am excited. I’m gonna drink water. If you’d bear with me for just a second. Good morning deans,
faculty, staff, family, friends and of course, the class of 2019. And a very special welcome
to the confused tourists who’ve just entered Cameron Indoor Stadium and come upon a graduation. (audience laughing) Quickly though I wanna say thank
you to two important people in my life; my mom, thank you
so much for everything mom and my wonderful wife, Amanda,
thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank, yup. (clapping) I wanted to thank the
class of 2019 as well for nominating me to be our class speaker. It is a tremendous honor. Of course it was not all
of you that nominated me. (audience laughing) And for those of you who cannot believe they let Fuquan president
speak at commencement, well neither can I honestly. (audience laughing) I’m gonna speak for exactly
six minutes and 23 seconds. I think you all deserve to know how long this particular segment of today will be. Because a well-known, but
rarely adopted in the world of graduation ceremonies,
the fact that there is no greater pleasure that
you can give an audience than to tell them when
you will finish speaking. All my type A classmates
just looked at their watches. So I’m gonna get started. I’m certain many of you reflected over these last two years quite a bit. I know that I have for sure. About a week ago my brother-in-law
Zack came to visit me and over a chicken
pickle bisquit at Monas, Zack asked me how my two
years at Fuqua had been. I said it was great. And he said, “Well what did you do?” and I said, a lot. And he said, “Well like what?” And I said and this is
true, business school stuff. (audience laughing) After struggling to answer
the simple question, I decided to be a bit more
intentional about my reflection and today I’m gonna share
my list of the six things I know for sure happened and what I will hopefully
never forget moving forward. So without further ado,
here is Johnny on the list. (audience laughing) Number one: When in doubt go first. Not in a selfish, push people
out of the way kind of style, but to be vulnerable and to open up. So many of the friendships
that I’ve forged here at Fuqua started off with one of us
saying: Hey, I like you. Do you like me? And they said, yes and you
said great let’s be friends. The important thing is to go first. To get to know one another. After today, we will not
have C-Leads or sections, but at the very least we
will know what it takes to build a relationship, so just go first. Number two, the right answer to every single business
challenge is, it depends. (audience laughing) Number three, it is possible, (audience clapping) it’s true, number three, it is possible to take a vacation every six weeks. We’ve all done it and we can
keep doing it, seriously. I’ve learned the value of
getting out of your setting. And I’ve learned the
tremendous financial cost of traveling all around the
world these last two years. But maybe it won’t be to
Australia or Morocco or Japan or Israel, we all went
these places, seriously, but maybe every once in
awhile you’ll make some time in your schedules to go
visit a familiar face or to see something new. Number four, fun is serious business. At Fuqua we’re really
serious about working hard to create fun experiences for one another. The LASA White Party, the DAFA
Ball, The Full Moon Party, Blue Cup, Wine Around
the World, The Castle, The VIP section at
Tavern, the list goes on. But fun is a serious matter
and creating opportunities for bonding and creating
social connections actually is worth the effort, but it takes effort. Nowhere have I learned this more than as a Fuqua Division Co-President. Me, Sarah, Jessie and so many
other members of our cabinet and actually so many of you
would pour hours upon hours creating these videos for classmates. I can say without question
that these were some of the most fun nights of my entire life and I wanna thank you for that. It was a lot of work,
really too much work. I honestly probably spent
too much time making videos, but I hope we continue to make
room for fun in our lives. Number five, there have been peaks and there have been valleys as both Jeanette and
Taylor mentioned earlier. Our time at Fuqua has been
both such an amazing gift and opportunity, but it’s also
been really hard and weird. So weird in fact that I often
called my family and friends and wondered, is this actually happening. Fuqua’s filled simultaneously
with Fuqua Friday’s and late nights of playing
Mafia and playing basketball, Shooters too, tavern emails,
expensive Course PACS, chicken tenders, peas, SPs, PDPs, as well as jokes from Peno, getting a first-round interview, getting rejected from a
second round interview, all swirled into one. This tension, the high and
lows, I think it’s a marker that we are doing something worth doing, or it could just be that life is equally magnificent as it is hard. I dunno, you decide. And finally number six, don’t
forget to water the roses. We’ve all been consumed
these past two years. The best of us have been able
to maintain relationships with friends and family back home. But if you’re like me, you probably could have done a better job at this. Maintaining relationships
is really hard work. Fuqua taught me that. When I was a kid I would stay
with my grandmother, Oni, and she would have me do chores,
like watering the garden. And each day before I
went out she would say, Johnny, please remember to water the roses and I would say: Grandma, of course, who would water a garden
and skip the roses? But what I would later find out, like so much of her sage advice, the water and the roses
that she was referring to were actually the people
and the roses in our life. The people that brighten our days and make our gardens
of life so spectacular. So I hope moving forward we
continue to water those roses, because I know I’ve met so many roses throughout my experience
and I’m sure you have too. All right, that’s all I have for now, but if I think of anything else I will definitely let you know. To me, we are so much more than a team. Teams trade players. Teams dissolve, they move. And I think teams are
wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but we are a family. The Fuqua family of 2019. Thank you. (applause) – Thank you Jonathan, Taylor and Jeanette for your absolutely terrific remarks. I’d now like to acknowledge a
few faculty and staff members who have been picked out
by the graduating class as being very significant
to your experience here. These awards were given out earlier and so we won’t make a
bit presentation here, but I would like to first
acknowledge Ryan McDevitt to receive the Award For
Innovation in Teaching in a Core Course. Congratulations Ryan. (applause) As well, I’d like to recognize Bill Mayew who received the Award
for Innovation in Teaching in an Elective Class. Bill. (applause) And finally, I’d like to
acknowledge Sara Wakefield, who received the Student’s
Choice Staff Award for incredible service to the community. So thank you Sara. (applause) It is now an honor and privilege to introduce our commencement speaker. Tim Ryan is the Senior
Partner and Chairman of PwC US and when we think about how we choose a commencement speaker, there are a number of
criteria that have to be met. Above all, we want
someone to stand up here who is a role model for all of you. Someone where you can say, I
aspire to be someone like that. I aspire to achieve that kind of success. And so the first thing is
it has to be an individual who has actually accomplished something. Who has achieved success and significance in their professional life. But the second thing is
that you want someone who has benefited from wisdom
that they’ve accumulated during their career and therefore
has something insightful to share with you as you move forward into the next stage of your journey. And so first of all, Tim has
been extremely successful. You don’t get to be the head
of PwC without being someone of incredible accomplishment,
but he’s also extremely wise. He’s someone who has advised
people over a 25 year career and earned the trust and
respect of so many firms because of the wisdom and insight that he consistently provides. The third thing that we look for in terms of providing a role model
to you is to chose someone who has achieved the success
by doing things the right way, who has made his or
her organization better while doing what’s best and
here Tim is a fantastic choice. Tim is someone who really believes in the importance of
the people around him. Oftentimes you hear me talk about this triple-threat leadership capability, that you need the IQ, the
emotional intelligence and the decency to
bring people behind you, to bring them together to get them to work with common purpose and Tim is someone who very much exemplifies
these three traits. He’s incredibly smart and is
driving the transformation of PwC in response to
the very seismic shifts in the world around us,
but he also cares deeply about the people around him. He connects with them. He understands that you accomplish nothing without a great team and so
he’s consistently building a great team and connecting
the people around him. And finally, he’s an
incredibly decent human being where it’s obvious that he cares
about the people around him and because he’s so deeply
cares about the people on his team, they give
him their very best. But more than that, he
has taken these values and extended them beyond the walls of PwC in terms of saying there’s
something important in the world today which
is, we need to be sure that we can show how we
bring people together to get them to act with common purpose and accomplish something great. And so Tim is the founder of
the CEO Action Group focused on diversity and inclusion. That group now has 700 members. 700 CEOs have signed up. So his impact goes well beyond PwC to fundamentally reshaping
the business landscape around issues of diversity and inclusion because he believes this is something that will make organizations
better while doing what’s best. So Tim exemplifies this
triple-threat capability and in my view is a true exemplar
of leader of consequence. Tim, they’re all yours. (applause) – So Dean Boulding, thank you and you said that I had wisdom, but after looking at
Jeanette, Jonathan and Taylor, I’m not sure I can say much more. They’re remarkable. So Jeanette, first I wanted to say thank you for your humility and sharing your background, ’cause it proves that anybody can succeed. Taylor, for your
willingness to thank people, because we don’t get anywhere in life without thanking anybody. And Jonathan, I’m still thinking, but I would like you to
come to the board room with me a couple of times with my clients, because the answer is always, it depends. (audience laughing) So folks, it is an honor to be here today and I am sincerely privileged to stand in front of this class
of amazing graduates. I’ve been tracking commencement
speech across the US over the last couple weeks
seeing who’s speaking on what topics and what
caught my eye was J.J. Watt from the Houston Texans is
speaking at Wisconsin next week. And I saw, look we have a couple of Texans out there there, go ahead. I saw that he was asked about
his comments and he said, well I haven’t really
prepared many remarks ’cause all I know about
graduation is people wanna get in and get out and get on with the party. So I wanted to let you
know I’m gonna do my best to get you to that party, but before I do that I do have a few words of wisdom regardless of what path you take. Before I jump into that I do
wanna thank the Duke faculty, staff and all the people who
put today’s ceremony together, because it wouldn’t be
possible, your success, without this group. So I do wanna thank them first. (applause) I’m also gonna ask the graduates
to stand up for a second and on behalf of this group of graduates, I want you to turn to your
families and thank them, because they’re the ones
who made this possible. (applause) Okay, you can sit down. To the families, friends,
parents, brothers, sisters, people who
have driven a long way, I was out in the foyer
earlier this morning, I heard about people who drove through the night from Massachusetts, through the night through
New Hampshire, Tennessee, you’ve done a lot to get
here, but more importantly, the work you’ve done with this group is immensely appreciated and
on behalf of all the graduates, thank you for what you’ve done. And lastly, it brings to
you all, congratulations on an amazing milestone, but as your peers said to
you, also just the beginning. Now when Dean Boulding told me that I was gonna be your commencement speaker, first I was honored and
then I started thinking about what do I talk about. What do I have to share
with a group like this? Then I thought, well wait, I’m the CEO of one of the big four firms. I’ll talk to you about accounting. And then I realized that might be a teeny bit too exciting for this group. But then the more I thought about it, accounting is actually the
perfect place to start. See, accounting is all about balance. As accountants, we love balance
sheets, some you’ve studied. We love balancing numbers. We love balancing books. As accountants we love to know that everything’s exactly
where they should be and we’re always in
the pursuit of balance. But as you heard from your speakers today, balance is not just
isolated to accounting. In life, when things are
good we have a balanced diet, a balanced lifestyle and we use balance to say that things are good. Balance is also used when
things are in contradiction. People say you need to
listen and not just talk. People also say something
your speakers talked about, you need to play hard and work hard, because balance is important. Balance can also be used; however, when people are trying
not to change something. When people want to
maintain the status quo you’ll often hear well
wait a minute we need to be balanced and graduates,
if there’s one place in our world where I think
it’s critically important we do not maintain the status quo and where we break the balance
it’s around the inequities, inequalities that exist
in our world today. (applause) You’ve studied a lot of numbers and a lot of data here as you
studied business school stuff. Let me share with you some brief facts. In the United States today, for every dollar a man earn,
a woman earns 81 cents. In the United States today,
for every one dollar of wealth that exists in a white household, there’s 10 cents of wealth
in a black household. In the United States today, 30% of Latinx earns a college degree, a high school degree and
4% earns college degree. In the United States today,
65% of our population does not have 500 dollars on hand
for a household emergency. Now I’m sure if we put our
teams together, we would come up with dozens of reasons as to
why those inequalities exist, but I think we can all agree that they’re wrong and
they need to be fixed. (applause) I also wanna acknowledge that trying to fix the seemingly
intractable inequalities can be overwhelming,
but I wanna remind you, you’re at Fuqua and at
Fuqua anything is possible. Now as you go out into
the world and you take on these challenges, whether
they be in your businesses or they be in your non-profit endeavors, or if you chose the elected official path, what’s really important is that
you reject those who demand that you maintain balance
and you reject those who say that we need to maintain the status quo. In these challenges you
all are being presented with an amazing opportunity, because by taking these challenges on you have the opportunity to help our world achieve prosperity that
we have never known. Imagine for a second what
our world would look like if everyone had a fair shot. Now at J.B. Fuqua we should
all know that the namesake of this school grew up as a
poor farm boy in Virginia. He could not afford a college education, but he reached out to several schools and he asked for free material. One college replied, Duke. J.B. Fuqua went on to found
a Fortune 500 company. He went on to become
a great philanthropist and he made a difference in this world. The namesake of J.B. Fuqua is living proof and evidence of what happens
when everyone gets a fair shot. And as you set out to achieve
success in your world, whether it be a business,
whether it be political life in your communities I’d
like to share three pieces of advice as you try also
to address the imbalances that exist in our world. First, if you want to solve and understand society’s biggest issues,
you need to feel it here. You have had an amazing
education here at Duke, but the way for us to
understand our society’s issues is to get out out the classroom, to go into your communities and understand and make it personal. You have to be willing to upset
your own sense of balance. You have to disrupt your
status quo and go out and make it personal. Now in today’s day and
age with social media, most of us would say we’re more connected than we’ve ever been before. Unfortunately, to often we’re connected with people who don’t
share different views, who don’t hear different opinions. We’re often in echo chambers
where we’re communicating with people who are just like us. My ask is that you get out
and you make it personal. You know at PwC a few
years ago we were surprised to hear that many of our
people were not comfortable bringing who they really were to work. We heard from many of our
people that they felt they had to hide behind their suits, because talking about
who they really were, what their experiences were was taboo. So I shut our firm down for a day. I shut our firm down for a day, because I wanted all of us to understand each other’s experiences, so we could learn from one another. We wanted to learn what it was
like to be a working mother, a first generation immigrant,
someone who is black or a disabled person in our workplace. On that day I learned that
many of our black professionals carry not only their license,
but their PwC business card so if they get pulled over they can show that they afforded the car
and that they didn’t steal it. I learned that many of our
professionals felt unsafe in everyday life and many felt they had to hide who they really were. On that day, for me, it became personal. I learned more from our people
from sharing experiences than I could have ever learned by hanging out with people
who were just like me. Shortly after that day one of
our professionals asked me: Tim, what’s your role outside
of the four walls of PwC? If I’m candid, I thought
whoa, can I just have a break? We just did something really big, shut the firm down for a day. But they asked the right question. The more I reflected on it,
I understood I and we sit in these seat for a short
period of time and our success, our legacy, is way beyond the bottom line. What I realized, that as a
leader of a professional service firm of 55,000 people that
we had a responsibility to our communities and
we had a responsibility to our clients to make
sure we all do better and with the help of a few
CEOs we founded a group called CEO Action for
Diversity and Inclusion, a group that came together and
simply said we own the issue and we’re trying and
we can do even better. And that brings me to
a very important point. Graduates, in order for
you to achieve success, you need to understand people, all people. And the way that you do that is you go out into your communities. You not only maintain
the great connections that you’ve had here where you go out to places you’ve never been before and you listen to people
who share their dreams. You listen to people who
share their disappointments. And when they get discouraged because they’ve been turned back and they don’t think the system
will ever get any better, give them a hug. Because at that moment in time that’s the best thing that you can do. And graduates, these people aren’t only your future employees and
your future customers, they’re the ones you’re gonna be asking for capital to start your businesses. They’re your future co-founders and they’re your future running mates. Make it personal. My second piece of advice,
think of the amazing leaders that you have studied about
during your time here at Fuqua and across your entire education. People like Abraham Lincoln. People like Rosa Parks. Gandhi. Amazing people, but during their time they were not wildly popular, but each of them disrupted the balance in our world permanently
and for the better. Graduates, I’m not
saying you have to strive to have people not like
you, but what I am saying is you need to be willing to be unpopular and you need to be
willing to be challenged. As the father of eight
children in a blended family with someone who is sitting over there, I know what it’s like to be
challenged every single day and it is really important that we’re willing to be challenged. Now we referred to CEO Action
that we started two years ago, it was one thing to start CEO Action, it was another one to grow it. The experts said you’d only
get a few CEOs to join, because what CEO in their
right mind would sign up for an initiative that
puts more onus on them to do better on something where
we all need an improvement. But we stuck at it. We got a number of CEOs to come together and in the early days we were unpopular. We were talking with CEOs
about an issue that made many of them uncomfortable and
I was unpopular for awhile because I was challenging CEOs
sense of their own balance. But as we stuck with it,
we had more CEOs join us, one who’s in the room today. David Taylor, the CEO of Proctor & Gamble, who’s son is amongst you today,
he was one of the early CEOs who came together with us and
together we asked other CEOs to join to say that we can do better. As Dean Boulding said
today, we now have 700 CEOs across the country who
represent tens of millions of employees and workers who are all doing just a little bit
better, a little bit more and we have momentum on
disrupting the status quo in our country around inclusion. And that brings me to my last lesson. As you heard your student
speakers talk already, nobody ever achieves greatness alone. Greatness is a team sport. Look around you. Look at the people you’re in these chairs with and look at the
folks up in the stands. You are here because an ecosystem of teamwork got you to this position. Success is a team sport. I can’t change diversity inclusion in the United States by
myself, it’s not possible. But with a group of CEOs together, we can make a difference
and disrupt our status quo. One of the biggest gifts
you can give to yourself is permission not to have all
the answers and the courage to surround yourself with
people who’ll help you arrive at better answers
for the good of all. Graduates, as I wrap up, I
wanted to go back in history. There was a time in our
country where slavery was okay. There was a time in our history where women not being able vote was okay. For most of us it’s almost
impossible to see how that could have ever been viewed as okay, but it changed because
people, people just like you, were willing to disrupt and
challenge the status quo and bring balance to our world. My wish for all of you is that
100 years from now someone is standing up at this podium, they’re looking out at an
amazing group of graduates, ambitious, talented, smart and they talk about how our world lived
in 2019, separate, apart and unequal and we all begin
to wonder why that was okay. But then they thank you. They thank you because you had the courage to disrupt the status quo and make a difference and
bring balance to our world. You wanna be leaders in consequence, three simple pieces of advice: Number one, make it
personal from the heart. Number two, be willing to be unpopular. And number three, don’t go it alone. Folks, congratulations and I
wish you an amazing future. Thank you. (applause) – Tim, thank you so much
for your extraordinary and inspirational remarks
and for your willingness to say more than, it depends. (audience chuckling) we’d like to honor you by giving
you a gift of appreciation and so on behalf of our
community, I give you. (applause) So now we turn to
recognition of the graduates and so I’d like to ask Steve
Misuraca to step forward. – BLUF. Bottom line up front, BLUF. It’s been a dream, an honor and privilege to work with and learn from
you all, the class of 2019. We the faculty and staff are all proud and thankful to share in
this experience with you all. We’re incredibly grateful for everything you’ve done
to make team Fuqua better. So 10 years ago I had
the pleasure of walking across this stage to shake the Dean’s hand as a Fuqua graduate, the
opportunity to reflect on two highly impactful
years and I was faced with tremendous uncertainty
around what would come next. Fortunately thanks to
some incredible mentors that were on the same stage, my journey started working
at a place I loved, Fuqua. Two years ago started in your orientation. I had the honor to embark
on an unbelievable dream that started with welcoming you all. Still vividly recall
the sights, the sounds, the anticipation, the excitement and even my own nerves
from those three long days. I do feel like it was just
yesterday that I with admiration and pride observed Kate, Louis,
Tim, Johnny on the Street, nice job by the way man,
and many others (mumbles) and their section chairs. That experience instigated
my first set of coffee chats with you all to learn
more about your experience and continued with so many
fantastic interactions. Your class, the class of 2019,
will forever be the class that helped shape what
Team Fuqua means to me. In the past two years, through many highs and also a few lows, I’ve
admired how you’ve elevated your classmates, supported
each other, learned and growed. As students and now especially as alums I am proud to be on your team. A few thank yous. To you all I am so thankful to have you as part of the Fuqua family. Family is so important. In the spirit of Mother’s Day I have tried to welcome you and support you in a way that would make my mom proud. Mom, thank you for being my
role model, my inspiration and my motivation to lead and to love. To the class of 2019 I’m
thankful for your time, your passion, your
patience, your partnership and your commitment to
Fuqua and to each other. Jeanette and Taylor, thank you. FSBC thank you. I’m thankful to your partners, your family and your friends for the
support on this journey. As I mentioned at your orientation, please know that the gift
you have given yourself is a lifetime membership. We are here for you. Please always consider this home. Clear eyes, full hearts,
from the bottom of my heart, Thank you. (applause) Okay so it’s almost that time. Before we individually
recognize all graduates, we like to acknowledge
and celebrate a number of today’s graduates for
various achievements. First for each graduating
class, we recognize the top 10% of the class based on
their academic achievement. These students are
designated as Fuqua scholars and the recipients are
noted in your program. Will the 2019 Fuqua Scholars
please stand and be recognized. (applause) Second, the students
in the graduating class and the Fuqua Deans nominate
and select a number of students for awards based on their contributions to the Fuqua community. These awards and the recipients are also noted in your program. At this time I ask that
the second year recipients please stand and be congratulated
for your achievements. (applause) Okay, it is now time to
individually recognize each of our graduates. We’ll ask each of our
graduates to come forward to be recognized and
congratulated by Dean Boulding, Tim Ryan and myself. At this time I would like
to ask Katherine Schipper, the Thomas F. Keller Professor
of Business Administration to read the names of our
graduating PhD students. – [Katherine] Huihao Yan. (applause) Kevin Kai Du (applause) Arian Aflaki (applause) Zhenhuan Lei (applause) Andrew Frazelle (applause) Levi DeValve (applause) Joowon Kim (applause) Tae-Rog Oh (applause) Yunke Mai (applause) Jae Yun Kim (applause) – Thank you Katherine. Now I would like to ask Ruskin Morgan our Senior Associate Dean
for full time programs and Shari Hubert, Associate
Dean of Admissions please come forward to read the names of our graduating MbA students. (audience cheering) – [Shari] Jeanette Carneglia. (applause) – Jonathan “Johnny on
the Street” Woodward. (applause) – Arthur Taylor Donner (applause) – Mohamed Abuouf (applause) Vidhya Aroumougame (applause) Aya Ahmed (applause) Rosanna Geraldine Arias (applause) Ashley Marie Brown (applause) Nikita Sergeyevich Avdiushko (applause) Sarah J. Arnio (applause) Winny Arindrani (applause) Michael Patrick Arena (applause) Chaz Steven Allen (applause) Ashley Averill (applause) Tanya Assar (applause) Brooks Joseph Baumgartner (applause) Cameron Wayne Buescher (applause) Megan McKenzie Beaver (applause) Phil Ashkenaz (applause) Philip Tyler Bathurst (applause) Brendan Bonner (applause) Nadia Bagretsova (applause) Astha Bhatnagar (applause) Ritu Agrawai (applause) Matias Barbero (applause) John Robert Belk Junior (applause) Jing Cai (applause) Olajide Aminu (applause) Nana Kwaku Amoabeng (applause) Karan Bali (applause) Abdul Adesina Balogun (applause) J. Alex Baumann (applause) Niyanth Anand (applause) Michael Joseph Browder (applause) Joshua David Berne (applause) Stephen Brandewie (applause) Xinjue Cao (applause) Yilun Cao (applause) Kirill Bogoslovskii (applause) Moshe Abramovitch (applause) Ori Ben Ami (applause) Carol Dias (applause) Ricardo Almeida Gomez Fares (applause) Luiza Bertagni (applause) Andre Campoy (applause) Allan Pirelli Barbosa Biffi (applause) Alcides Biassi Junior (applause) Nathan Jacob Brajer, medical school (applause) Reetika Bir (applause) Tamara Erangi Amarasinghe (applause) Alissa Mehera Breindel (applause) Christina Nathalie Abruzzini (applause) Adhish Bhobe (applause) Zhongfen Cao (applause) Maria Elena Becerra (applause) Maria Jose Arribas (applause) Tuokpe Kelechi Ajuyah (applause) Ukunoritsemofe Ajuyah (applause) Jonathan Michael Bulls (applause) Mesrop Bejanian (applause) Matthew Spencer Burton (applause) Sebastian Arrese (applause) Parin Akaraupaphan (applause) Seung Yoon Baek (applause) Jose Maria Cao (applause) Alexandra Nixxi Chen (applause) Joanna Christine Guy (applause) Arpit Garg (applause) Weijia Fu (applause) Christopher Joseph Casselli (applause) John Brian Clark (applause) Luis De Armas (applause) Emily Rachael Carsch (applause) Kevin Chang (applause) Oriana Corrales (applause) Gloria Eng Chou (applause) Timothy Robert Curran (applause) Andrea Marie Dagostino (applause) Taylor Kuren Drexinger (applause) Colin David Emerson (applause) Michael Patrick Crowley (applause) Brad Davis (applause) Justin Michael Fink (applause) Matthew Edward Dillon (applause) Jeffrey Francis Fanning (applause) Ruiyi Chen (applause) Vicki Chan (applause) Christopher Jing-Ho Chau (applause) Amanda Karina Dompas (applause) Maria Eugenia Chapado (applause) Alejandro Fernandez Lauretta (applause) Idan Eldor (applause) Anuj Jauhari (applause) James R. Couch III (applause) William Civitillo Junior (applause) David Alexander Claps (applause) Frank Moore Crocker (applause) Kevin Bom Chi (applause) Victoria Lynn Dann (applause) Michele Sara Drossner (applause) Zoe De Bruycker (applause) Aibek Chokotaev (applause) Bennett Savage Davidson (applause) James Pierce Conklin (applause) Amanda Mariel Fox (applause) Aidan John Fitzgerald (applause) Christos Colaitis (applause) Laura Marie Gardiner (applause) Zaid Fayyad (applause) Robert Thomas Galligan (applause) Kelly Ann Froelich (applause) Octavio Colmenares Fayad (applause) Paula Carsalade Rabello (applause) Andre Lambert Diniz (applause) Tiffany Tyesha Ellis (applause) Amanda Chen (applause) Ekaterina Galieva (applause) Nicole Chen (applause) Christopher Yukio DeMond (applause) Tilman Joseph Falgout (applause) Julio Galvez (applause) Ruben David Galvan (applause) Samuel Brock Elliott (applause) Saachi Chawla (applause) Michael Dong (applause) Sylvia Choi (applause) Robert M. Frazier (applause) Andrew Michael Fredrickson (applause) Catherine Jane Bruyere (applause) Kristen Murphy Kehner (applause) Lauren Nicole Gage (applause) Alison Claire Fredman (applause) Siya Dhawan (applause) Siddhi Desai (applause) Punya Ekaratcharoenchai (applause) Sayantani Ghosh (applause) Peter Giovannotto (applause) Keith Alan Glassbrook, dual degrees School for the Environment (applause) Nikhil Gola (applause) Khushboo Golani (applause) Arti Gulwadi (applause) Jessie Guo (applause) Jonathan Adam Guy (applause) Shannon Griesser (applause) Animesh Jain (applause) John G. Harb III (applause) Charles Gregory Hatcher (applause) Braden Ray Hess (applause) Omar Saadat Hossain (applause) Jeffrey John Howard (applause) Benjamin Douglas Holcombe (applause) Emilia Hope Hull, dual degrees,
School of the Environment (applause) Janette Hwang (applause) Elly Im (applause) Lakisha Beth Henderson Davis (applause) Leah Jordan Haynesworth (applause) Bonnie Kong (applause) Jose Ignacio Jimenez (applause) Ismael Marcelo Hernandez (applause) Anne Fulton Hart (applause) Michael Taylor Hoffman (applause) Jenna Haley Katz (applause) Monica Arun Kumar (applause) Jose Ignacio Guerra Canepa (applause) Reuven Gendelman (applause) Tomer Katz (applause) Elizabeth Locke Kristuli (applause) Alexandra Jeannine King (applause) Bradley Kabak (applause) Saiji Andrew Kanak (applause) William Holwick (applause) Christopher Kirkman (applause) Cory Philip Kushner (applause) Rafael Gimenes (applause) Takeaki Joe Kaneda (applause) Nikita Ivakhnenko (applause) Ashley Danielle King (applause) Lauren Michelle Kahn (applause) Christopher Allen Kilgore (applause) Anuj Chourey (applause) Stuart Lionel Jardine (applause) Jiang Guo (applause) Qi Feng Jiao (applause) Xibei Jia (applause) Yizhen Hu (applause) Samuel Joseph Gevirtz (applause) Eloy Jose Jerviz Gui (applause) Travis Janzen (applause) Ryan Robert Hill (applause) Ian Fisher Graham (applause) Bradley Steven Kniejski (applause) William John Hoelle II (applause) Nicholas Link Helvey (applause) Sether Borden Hanson (applause) Derek Francis Gould (applause) David Ray Krezmer (applause) Eli Benjamin Kahn (applause) Niladri Kundu (applause) Anish Kataria (applause) Akul Kumar (applause) Wonsik Han (applause) Cheang Keat Kok (applause) Allison Ainsley Jones (applause) Benjamin Richard Lahue (applause) Jaemyung Lee (applause) Yoonki Lee (applause) Deshawn Lewis (applause) – [Ruskin] Hector Lo (applause) Hannah Frey Lauber (applause) Charles Edward Lewis III (applause) Max Mandinach (applause) Rana Alexandra Marks (applause) Christopher Matheis (applause) Mathew Armando Martinez (applause) Sean Michael Miller (applause) Samuel Ellis McClive (applause) Huyen Elise Thanh Le (applause) Colleen Margaret Maloney (applause) Travis Raymond McNamara (applause) Jeffrey Appel Mitchell (applause) Shaan Mehta (applause) Anshul Mital (applause) Harold Robert Melia (applause) Sean William McMahon (applause) Mark Richardson Moehring (applause) Kali Murphy (applause) Heather Melcher (applause) Maren Jo Maland (applause) Megan Putnam McGee (applause) Manuela Ivanova Mitkova (applause) Felisha Priyanka Mangla (applause) Christina Magalhaes Lima Grinda (applause) Leo Mureb Lemos (applause) Pedro Augusto Siqueira Mendonca (applause) Thiago Miranda (applause) Edwin Matos (applause) Gaston Onetto (applause) Jamie Gerardo Llaguno Salazar (applause) Carlos Alberto Najera Zarco (applause) Siyi Liu (applause) Elliot Le, dual degree
with the Medical School (applause) Marlyse Mazzeo (applause) Hoang Long Nguyen (applause) Minh Van Tuan Le (applause) Kevin Scott McCrory (applause) Christopher Khanh Nguyen (applause) Dexter Liu (applause) Victor Chung Lieu (applause) Ayush Mansingh (applause) Mike Matkovskyi (applause) Wyeth Andrew McKinney (applause) Thomas Hemingway McNamara (applause) Christopher Harry Lyons (applause) Jonathon Edward Morgan (applause) Gaukhar Nazarova (applause) Megan M. Nicholas-Harper, dual degree with the School of Environment (applause) Derrick Lam (applause) Steve Seung-Cheol Oak (applause) Yoshinori Negishi (applause) Karen Loja (applause) Xi Liu (applause) Niu Niu (applause) Jonathon Michael Miller-Meeks (applause) Charles Lyndon Neil (applause) Sarah Elizabeth Neils (applause) Amanda Lee Nelson (applause) David McArthur Neyhart (applause) Masaaki Omachi (applause) Matthew Thomas Oppenheim (applause) Christopher Patrick Orchard (applause) Yizhen Qiu (applause) Elizabeth Catherine Quencer, joint degree with the law school (applause) Slava Petrova (applause) Lowell Miles Simpson (applause) Saurabh Pitkar (applause) Dvir Shamay (applause) Matthew Daniel Pepper (applause) Sachet Ray (applause) Jarred Sneed (applause) Matthew Dwight Smith-Daniels (applause) Stephanie Marie Salem (applause) Kaitlyn Kehoe Shorrock (applause) Caray Slaughter (applause) Elizabeth Paige Scarinci (applause) Alexandra Beth Schreiber (applause) Elizabeth Plotkin (applause) William James Scherba (applause) Joshua Alexander Rafinski (applause) James Gilbert Padget (applause) Brent Rothchild (applause) Harshit Sharma (applause) Tomas Santolaya (applause) Fernando Saavedra (applause) Alejandro Rodriguez-Vina Martinez (applause) Juan Francisco Paniego (applause) Jose Guilherme Bardella de Revoredo Puoli (applause) Juan Manuel Restrepo (applause) Jose Antonio Ruiz (applause) Pablo Rion Echeverria (applause) Christina Mackenzie Decker (applause) Tawa Arturo Saune (applause) Ashley Morgan Rosenthal (applause) Gabrielle Rachel Sena (applause) Josh Sallen (applause) Jeremy R. Santiago (applause) Ryan Wynn Salisbury (applause) Nathan Charles Smith (applause) Brian Winthrop Platter (applause) Zachary Daniel Siegel (applause) Justin McKay Smith (applause) Anand Jatin Shah, dual degree
with the Medical School (applause) Tareq Ziad Said (applause) Todd H. Riggs (applause) Clinton Chappell Richardson (applause) Tyler James Sipala (applause) Anthony Michael Solis (applause) Zachary M. Price (applause) Charles Cody Schuler (applause) Eric Anthony Souza (applause) Eric David Perkins (applause) Jordan Hayes Rehlaender (applause) Thomas Richard Peacock (applause) Fernanda Frizzo Russo (applause) Christian Romney Robinson (applause) Edgar Patino Donayre Hart (applause) Franco Pinamonti Polack (applause) Julie Elizabeth Smith (applause) Asmi Patel (applause) Stacey Pai (applause) Neha Prakash (applause) Paige Marie Scofield Contijoch (applause) Bryant Shao (applause) Mano Sekar (applause) Michael Callahan Saldarriaga (applause) Danielle Rily Sword (applause) William Michael Shinehouse (applause) Timothy David Smith (applause) Michael Andrew Perlmutter (applause) Alison Louise Smith (applause) Charlotte Hamilton Ryan (applause) Andrea Kiely Smith (applause) Carolina Beatriz Pardo (applause) S. K. Saraogi (applause) Jonghwan Park (applause) Sudhir Kumar Pathak (applause) Margaret Bush Steenland (applause) James Angelo Williams (applause) Mavis Rong (applause) Alex Zakhvatov (applause) Lakshmi Suresh (applause) Jason Scott Taylor (applause) Grace Tong (applause) Chase Deven Ulicny (applause) Ravi Gulab Tolani (applause) Patrick Manley Starr (applause) Varun Vaswani (applause) Remington Thomas Williams (applause) Mashon Michael Wilson (applause) Justin Kaun Tang (applause) Juli Spaventa (applause) Stephanie Leigh Thierer (applause) Michael John Videira (applause) Marc Yan (applause) Huiling Sun (applause) Chris Ziming Wang (applause) Lorena Vazquez Da Silva, dual degree with the School of Environment (applause) Shayla Ann Stewart (applause) Alyssa Kate Steinmetz (applause) Jacqueline Marie Wiseman (applause) Katherine Leigh Thomas (applause) Vincent Tse (applause) Danny Wu (applause) Ting Zhang (applause) Ross King Stewart (applause) Michael Jacob Thomson (applause) Andrew Gordon Vance (applause) Paul Howard Taylor (applause) Deland Spencer (applause) Karen Xu Zhang (applause) Sarah Catherine Van Vleet (applause) Nayana Srivastava (applause) Jorden Taveirne Cavanaugh (applause) Jenna Nicole Weiner (applause) Alexander Szerszen (applause) Jordan Terry (applause) Colin Robert Thilo (applause) Jeffrey A. Wireko (applause) Anu Swapna Sundaravel (applause) Mengjie Yang (applause) Yuri Streciwik (applause) Sergio Henrique Vital De Carvalho Silva (applause) Elliot G-Ming Wong (applause) Kevin Steven Yevchak (applause) April Wang (applause) Muhammed Ziauddin (applause) Christopher Thomas (applause) Manasi Rajendra Soni (applause) Avinash Tumkur (applause) Swati Tiwari (applause) Sailesh Thota (applause) Mina Zhong (applause) Timothy Jinhyung Yoon (applause) Sue Yao (applause) Cher Yang (applause) Yuequing Zhu (applause) Nutcha Vasuviwat (applause) Mohit Verma (applause) Cristobal Chico Valenzuela Gamboa (applause) Nicolas Wittmer (applause) Felipe Zuluaga (applause) – Can I please ask the graduates to stand? Please join me. (applause) Okay, so I didn’t even have
to complete the sentence. Join me in congratulating
our graduates, but fantastic. So I’d like the students
to remain standing. If everyone else could please be seated. And if you could remain
seated until all of us have recessed out of the building and then join us over in the Fox Center for the continuing
celebration of this great day. Before we recess out of the building I can’t miss this opportunity for a final set of words to the graduates. So every time we have a
graduating class they always want to know what makes them different, and so for this group I think
what really distinguishes you is that if we think about graduation oftentimes people think about this as a backward looking exercise, as something to reflect
on what you’ve done and that is an important
aspect of what you’ve done, but what you’ve done as you look back should also be preparing you
for what you do moving forward, because commencement is actually about commencing something new. So I wanna say a little bit
about why I think this class is particularly well-prepared to commence on the journey post-Fuqua. So I recently received a recruiter survey through my role at GMAC and
it listed the top skills that recruiters are looking for. The number one skill
recruiters are looking for is working with others. That’s Team Fuqua, the ability to work with others and to bring out their best. The number two item on that
list is to manage self, that they can hire someone and understand that they can do the job and
they can do it the right way. That they can exhibit the kind
of uncompromising integrity that’s so critical in the world today, that it’s people who will think like, as Coach K said just the other day, “people who will think like
owners and not renters.” The third item on the
list is problem-solving. And here’s where you definitely excel, because you understand to solve a problem, the way you do that
better than anyone else is not to do it by yourself, but to bring out the best
from others around you to solve the problem jointly. The fourth item is listening. Not speaking, listening. And the fifth item is
adaptability and flexibility. I think these last two items go together, which is they’re simply
exemplars of humility. The willingness to listen to others. The willingness to believe
that others might know more than you and therefore
the willingness to adapt and flex in terms of your plans and all of you have embraced
this as a part of Team Fuqua. And so you come here,
you’ve embraced the ideals of Team Fuqua and you’ve made them better and for that I will be eternally grateful. So thank you for what
you’ve done for the school. Having said that, the
other thing that I’ve come to realize is when people wanna know what makes you different, that’s not really the
question they want answered. But the true question
that they’re asking is: Do you love us and are we your favorites? (audience laughing) And so here let me say
unambiguously that, yes, I do love you and you are
my favorite best class ever. (applause) There’s only one thing you
have to keep in mind, which is, you should be hoping that a year from now I say exactly the same thing
to that graduating class, because if I don’t say that, that means we’re no longer getting better
every year after every year. And so I look forward to being able to say the same thing again next year. So having thanked you, I’d now like to make some requests of you. The first one is something
you’ve heard repeatedly during the day, but it
bears repeating which is, you did not get here on your own. Please show appreciation to
the people who got you here. Your inclination will be,
let me talk to my classmates, because after today you may be
spreading to the four corners of the world so let me
soak up every last minute with my classmates while I’m with them, but don’t forget the people
that are here to celebrate with you who allowed this
celebration to happen. And so please, show that
appreciation deeply and frequently, because it matters a lot. The second thing that I ask is,
please stay connected to us. As you think about your experience, think about all the times
that you’ve benefited from the people who preceded you, the people who may have come
back to give you advice, who may have given you
networking opportunities, who may have come into your
classes, been on panels. Please stay connected, because
we need you to continue to invest in the people
who will follow you. The third request I have is something that you’ve also been hearing about today which is stay connected to one another. Please don’t assume just
because you love each other so much today that those bonds will automatically renew year after year. You will have to work, because life is gonna come at you fast and furious. You’re gonna have work
changes, life changes, everything will be changing
and it’s going to be very easy to focus on what’s right in front of you, but don’t forget what’s
always going to be with you. And since Jeanette referred to
a song, I’ll refer to a song, which is, the official song for
the Liverpool Football Club, not expressing any alliances necessarily, but the official song is,
You’ll Never Walk Alone. Make sure that you never walk alone, because you have access to
this incredible network, this incredible community. Keep the bonds strong. Keep the ties strong,
because these are people who will make a difference in your lives for the rest of your lives. So please don’t forget them. And the last thing that I ask
of you is the most important, which is we’ve heard
about being consequential, being a leader of consequence and so this ask is very simple. It’s something you hear all the time, but please embrace this
opportunity to use the platform of business to use your
leadership position in the world to bring other people along with you to make a difference in
the lives of other people. To lead a life, not just of success, but a life of significance as well. And if you think back
to when I welcomed you into the community, I told
you that one of the things that distinguishes the Fuqua community is the fact that we are happy. And it’s true that we have a lot of fun and that’s an important part of happiness, but also remember what I meant
when I talked about happiness which is the way
Aristotle views happiness, which is making full use of
your talents along the lines of excellence, making sure that
you use your full potential and making sure that others get to exhibit their full potential. So please, as you go
forward in life, stay happy. And finally, be consequential. Thank you so much. (applause) (processional music)