Broad College of Business | Spring 2023
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Broad College of Business - Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony from Breslin Center.
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Season 2023 Episode 7 | 2h 18m 8s | Video has closed captioning.
Broad College of Business - Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony from Breslin Center.
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("Pomp and Circumstance") (crowd applauds and cheers) - Good afternoon and please be seated, platform party.
I'm Judith Whipple.
Interim Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business.
On behalf of our faculty and staff, I welcome you to the Commencement Ceremony for the Broad College's graduating seniors in the class of 2023.
(crowd applauds and cheers) In attendance, our distinguished guests and speakers, family and friends, and most importantly, our graduates.
Let me be first to congratulate you on your accomplishment.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Please stand for the national anthem, to be led by Amira Coleman and the MSU Symphony Band, directed by David Thornton.
Upon the conclusion of singing, please remain standing as we will have a moment of silence.
♪ Oh say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ Over the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket's red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ In the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ (crowd applauds and cheers) - Today we bring together graduates, along with their friends and families, to honor you and your accomplishments.
We gather today while being mindful that our community is still mourning the violence we experienced on February 13th.
It may feel uncomfortable to celebrate.
While that occasion still consumes so much of our thoughts and feelings.
We are dedicated to supporting everyone who is impacted by this event, including the students who were injured, witnesses to the violence, and the families of those who were injured or passed.
As we shift to a celebration of your accomplishments, let us pause for a moment of silence to consider how we can live our lives in a way that honors all Spartans all the time, including those Spartans who are no longer with us.
Thank you, and please be seated.
It is my pleasure to acknowledge the Broad College faculty and staff who have joined us today to celebrate the success of our graduates.
Will the faculty and staff, including those on the platform, and those who serve as escorts, please stand so that we may recognize you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Thank you for your service and your support.
Each spring we have the honor of recognizing Broad College alumni with distinguished Alumni Awards.
Today I am proud to introduce our outstanding alumni Achievement awardee, who has had a profound impact on our college and community.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Jerry Jonckheere is being honored with our outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.
Jerry graduated from Michigan State University in 1981 with a BS in Accounting, and later earned an MST from Grand Valley State University in 2015.
He has been involved with the West Michigan Spartans since 2008, and will begin his second term as president in July of 2023.
Taxes have always been a passion for Jerry.
He started his tax career in 1973 by doing his father's farm's tax return.
By his senior year in high school, Jerry was doing tax returns for 20 local farmers, which helped him pay for his expenses at MSU.
His career led him to roles at BDO, Amway, and PricewaterhouseCooper.
Before landing at Plant Moran, where he became a partner in the international tax before retiring.
He has five children: Jared, Adam, Rachel, Sarah and Aaron.
Four are Spartans, but one ventured to Notre Dame, and thus his pontoon boat is named four Spartans and a gold sheep.
(audience laughs) He received the 2021 West Michigan MSU Businessperson of the Year Award for his business career and devotion to MSU.
We look forward to Jerry continuing his generous support of the university for years to come.
Thank you, and congratulations, Jerry.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Now, I would like to introduce our 2023 commencement speaker, Eric Qualman.
Eric is a 1994 graduate of the Broad College with a bachelor's degree in marketing and was first team academic all Big 10 in basketball.
He has gone on to become a five time number one bestselling author and has performed as a keynote speaker in over 55 countries reaching over 50 million people.
He was voted the second most likable author in the world behind Harry Potter's JK Rowling.
His socialnomics work, exploring how social media transforms everyday life and business has been on "60 Minutes" to "The Wall Street Journal," and used by the National Guard to NASA.
He is a current professor of digital leadership at Northwestern University, and his materials are being used in over 500 universities.
Eric is also the founder of Equal Man Studios, an animation studio that works with some of the world's leading brands including Disney, Cartier, Chase, and IBM.
Eric is a former sitting professor at MIT and Harvard's ex labs, and has received an honorary doctorate for his groundbreaking work.
He is also the inventor of a bestselling board game: Kittycorn.
Most importantly, he's still trying to live up to the world's greatest dad coffee mug he received as a gift from his wife and two daughters.
It is such a pleasure for us to have Eric with us here today to share his wisdom and perspective.
He is truly a one of a kind Broad Spartan.
Please join me in welcoming Mr. Eric Qualman to the podium.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Thank you, thank you.
Thank you, thank you.
Now, how many of you, by a show of hands, how many of you want to be successful?
How many of you wanna fail?
How many of you want to get your teeth kicked in?
Now, all your hands should still be up 'cause anyone that's ever succeeded at anything has failed.
And what I want to give to you today is just three things.
I want to tell you that it's all about being flawsome.
Number one, be flawsome.
Number two, be courageous.
And number three, be kind.
And when you think about number one, being flawsome, people don't love us 'cause we're perfect.
They love us 'cause we're perfectly flawed.
And the only guarantee we have as we leave these doors tonight is that we will fail at something.
You will lose, you will suck.
You'll fall down.
That's not a question, that's a fact.
The question is how high you're gonna bounce up when you fall.
And for all of our future helicopter parents out there, when your kids fall, don't be there to catch 'em.
Let 'em fall.
Be there to applaud them and say, great job.
You learned how to fall.
Now, let's see if you can learn how to get back up on your feet.
And we look at all these things that we have out there, it's really that everyone has a plan until you're punched in the face.
It's after you get punched by life.
How you react to that, that's what really matters.
And as Spartans, you're gonna excel when that happens.
'Cause I know this firsthand, I learned it firsthand right here in this building.
Or actually I learned it when I was born.
You see I was born with two teeth missing and I didn't like it.
I didn't like the extra dental work, but they spaced out the teeth, and I didn't realize many years later how that was gonna help me out in this very building.
So, when I grew up, like a lot of you, you have dreams.
And my parents always taught me that if you can dream it, you can do it.
And they're here tonight and they've been there every step of the way.
So, thank you to my parents and also my family to allow this moment to happen.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Yeah, thank you.
Even tonight they're laying out those green glasses.
So, thank you.
Thank you, mom and dad.
But I was a dreamer and the biggest dream I had was I wanted to play college basketball.
So, much so, I had 50 of these miniature rubber basketballs in my room.
I mean my room smelled like a Goodyear factory.
And I loved it.
My parents not so much.
I even wrote my first, what I got in the love of writing is I wrote a magazine called "Swish Magazine."
So, I had this dream of college basketball, but then in my junior year in high school, that dream looked like it had died.
I was cut from my basketball team my junior year in high school.
Yet when I arrived here on campus, I love basketball still and I want to be part of the program.
So, I became a student manager, a water boy.
And I loved it.
It was a grind, but I loved it.
But you know what's funny about dreams?
They continue to whisper at you.
They never truly go away.
They're there around every corner to taunt you and to tease you.
And so there it was like "You can do it.
I know people think you're crazy but you can do it."
So, my junior year, towards the end of my junior year, all of a sudden I had its epiphany.
"Gosh, I only have one year left to fulfill this dream."
And like a lot of us out there, when you have these dreams, you hold them tight, you don't tell anyone 'cause you're afraid to fail.
But I realize I had one year left so I go, I'm gonna tell people.
So, I started with my older brother, and my younger brother, and friends and family.
And I realize something that I'm passing on to you is that you have to tell people about your dreams 'cause success doesn't happen alone.
Those people that won't laugh at your dream, they're there to lift you up.
It's on their shoulders that you're gonna achieve your dreams.
And so there it was, I put it all out there and I realized that I needed to get stronger to be on the basketball team.
So, a lot of you, no offense, you put on the freshman 15, right?
But I have y'all beat.
I put on the freshman 50.
So, I gained 50 pounds, I went from 160 to 210 pounds.
I was eating Wisconsin cheesy chicken, I was eating Stromboli down at Wonders, I was eating crinkly fries.
And so I kept at it and then I needed some luck to happen.
So, occasionally with only 13 guys on the team, occasionally someone would get hurt or they'd be sick, they wouldn't have enough players and they'd say, "Qualman, we need a practice dummy.
Go ahead and get in there."
And that would happen once or twice a year.
And so one of these moments happen, I'd go, "This is the time.
I've gotta do it."
And it's one of those moments where the skies opened up and the angels started singing, and I couldn't do anything wrong.
I was making all these shots, the rebounds were just bouncing my way.
And then disaster struck, or more poignantly, fate struck.
I took an elbow in the mouth and it felt a jolt of pain go through my body, but I also felt something else in my mouth: some teeth.
And so this was my moment, nothing was gonna stop me.
So, I put the teeth, hit him in a towel on the side right, over there, right over there in a chair, hit him in a towel and kept playing.
Spat some blood on a cup and kept playing.
And then at a next time out 15 minutes in, the trainer's going, "Hey, we need... What happened?
Are you okay?"
I go, "Yeah, yeah, those are just my fake teeth.
And at the next time out after 15 minutes, the gig was up.
He came over and he had in a glass of milk for teeth 'cause he knocked out two real teeth as well.
So, I won't describe the the trip to the the doctor, the unsuccessful trip to the dentist.
But on the whole ride over, like a lot of you, I was sitting there going, "Gosh.
I can't believe this happened to me.
In my moment, what rotten luck.
I can't believe this happened to me.
There goes my dream."
Now, the next day I practice Coach Izzo, I was catching up with yesterday, Coach Izzo.
He goes, "Qualman, I don't know if you're the dumbest guy I know or the toughest guy I know.
But I think you're the dumbest guy I know."
And it's his way of saying job well done.
It was only several years later looking back that that's the greatest thing that could have happened to me.
He didn't need another player to make shots, he needed someone who was willing to get knocked down and get back up.
'Cause he's built the entire program.
And that's what's beautiful about Spartans.
He's built the entire program on that grit and that grind.
And if you go up here in the gym today, you'll see painted in big letters: "Players play, tough players win."
That's true in life.
And that's true in business.
There are winners and there are losers.
It's really about tough players.
When you think about it, players play and tough players win.
So, as I pass to you, when you have that moment, when you get your teeth knocked in, you'll realize more times than not many years later that those moments that don't defeat us, define us.
Those that don't defeat us, define us.
It'll actually be one of the greatest things that probably ever happens to you.
Now, I'd be remiss if I'm up here in this arena and didn't tell one Coach Izzo story.
And so we'd want a last second shot.
And if you've ever seen coach on TV, super animated, super excited, he comes flying in the locker room and he is like, "Respert, your offense helped us win tonight.
That helped us out a ton.
Snow, your defense off the bench, man that really helped us win tonight."
And he jumped in front of my locker, and he looked at me and paused, and I hadn't played in the game and he looked and goes, "Qualman, you didn't play tonight.
That probably helped us out the most."
(audience laughs) So, embrace being flawsome every day of your life.
Second, be courageous.
Have the courage to step into your story.
It's interesting, it's really uncomfortable to step into your story at first, but long term it's the most comfortable place that we can all live.
Now, I'm gonna tell you my story 'cause I think we're all living the same movie.
We're just different actors in that movie.
So, as I tell you why I wear these green glasses, you're gonna have or had your green glasses moment.
And my hope is you don't do what I did and resist your story for 15 years.
So, I haven't always worn these crazy bright green glasses, but I have always been called Eric Qualman.
And so when you're handed your first email address outta school, it's your first initial last name.
So, I became Equalman.
And I absolutely hated it.
'Cause you're at a Cadillac internship and all of a sudden they go, "Oh man, we're outta coffee.
You got that superhero name, I bet you're super fast.
Why don't you go get us some coffee?"
So, I didn't like it.
I resisted it for 15 years and in a moment in time I realized, wait, this is happening for me, not to me.
So, my third book was doing well, it's called What "Happens in Vegas, Stays on YouTube" and... Take advice on that one.
And so we sat down for an interview with a magazine and they wanted to take a a shot for the cover.
And they said, "Hey, with your superhero-like email address, do you mind if we give you some Clark Kent-like Superman glasses?"
I said, "No, that sounds fun."
And they go, "Do you mind if they're green?
It's our St. Patty's edition."
I go, "Great, bring 'em out."
And they bring 'em out, I'm like, "Whoa, those are like, alien green, but we'll take it."
We take that shot and then a couple weeks later I fly to Kenya to give a talk.
It's my first time in Kenya.
So, I really wanted to understand what Kenya was all about.
And so I was going to a rescue shelter to adopt a baby cheetah.
Not to take home.
My wife would absolutely kill me.
But just to support the local area.
On the ride over the woman that I'm with, she looks at me and she goes, "You know, we had Usain Bolt, the Olympic Sprinter here just two days ago, and he adopted from the same litter that you're gonna adopt from.
And we filmed him and we'd like to film you.
Do you mind?"
I'm like, "No, that's great.
Let's do it.
We can raise more awareness for the shelter."
And then she pauses and she looks at me and she goes, "But obviously when we're filming we wanna make sure you're wearing the green glasses."
And I go, "Oh, I don't wear those around all the time.
People would be staring at me."
I wouldn't like that.
And the look of disappointment on that face, I could still see it today.
I never wanted to see that look at disappointment again.
And it was my realization, wait, this isn't happening to me, it's happening for me.
It's time to step fully into my story.
It's time to step into becoming Equalman.
And even though it's uncomfortable, if there's one person that can help by wearing these green glasses, then it's worth stepping into that discomfort each and every day.
And I realize something else that I read as a kid is that "Those that matter don't mind, and those that mind don't matter."
And so I realized it's all up to us when it comes to courage to step into your story, step into it, and then all these world of possibilities open up that you'd never anticipate.
So, then I had some schools reach out and they said, "Hey, do you mind if we use the green glasses on Fridays once a month to remind the kids and the teachers and the bus drivers that it's about being kind above all?"
And it started a kindness campaign, and these students started to wear these glasses one Friday every month.
And I never thought that would happen, and it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't taken that step.
And that's so true.
If you never take that step forward, then you're always in the same place and you might not be able to help those people that you should be helping.
So, I tell you that story, so you don't do what I did and resist your story for 15 years.
Step into that discomfort, step fully into your story.
And it leads me to my third point.
It's all about being kind.
We wanna unlock and unleash our superpowers to help the world.
But it's easy for me to sit up here and say, "Go out there and fail fast, fail forward, feel better.
Go out and be flawsome.
Go out there and be courageous."
But our brain's always designed to protect us.
And so your brain, that voice in your head will start to say, "Hold on a second.
What are you doing?
Don't do that.
Don't take that step."
So, sometimes we need to use our bodies to help our minds and basically tell that negative voice to shut up.
And so what we're going to do here today, I've done a lot of research around superheroes, and now we've done this in 56 countries.
It turns out if you actually stand like a superhero, that it can help suppress the fear in our mind, reduce the stress by up to 15%, that cortisol that's pinging around in our bodies.
And so if you don't mind, put on your glasses and we're gonna stand up and actually stand like superheroes.
Now, you might be wondering, what the heck does a superhero stand like?
(crowd cheers and applauds) So, you're wondering, what the heck's a superhero stand like?
So, this what you wanna do, you wanna take a deep breath, think about a string that's pulling you up to the ceiling here.
So, you're standing up as tall as possible.
And we want to take our hands, we're gonna make those into fists.
And we're gonna put those on our belt line.
And most importantly, you're gonna take a wider stance than you normally would, a power pose, if you will.
So, you're like this.
Now, this is called the Superman.
If you wanna do the Wonder Woman, it's just a slight head tilt like this or like that.
Personally, I like that better.
If you're ever talking at Comic-Con, if you wanna do Aquaman, whatever you want, you wanna do Batman, word of advice.
If you're ever talking to people from Comic-Con, do not mention superhero and Batman in the same sentence.
That'll win you the chance with 500 enthusiasts to tell you why Batman's not a superhero.
So, we're standing like this and all you have to do is stand like this, like superheroes.
So, if you guys can do that, that'd be fantastic.
If you do this for two minutes, it helps reduce that stress in your body.
Thanks for doing that.
You guys can take a seat.
(crowd applauds) I recommend you not do that in the elevator.
It really freaks people out.
But when you think about it, we're all superheroes.
It's really about, when you think about the meaning of life, it's discovering your gifts, your superpowers, and the purpose is to give those superpowers or those gifts away.
And that's the true definition of being a superhero.
Now, a lot of us here, you'll hear, "Well, step into your superpower, step into your passion, step into your gifts."
But some of us are probably sitting there going, "Well, I don't know what my passion is."
And for a lot of us, that's true.
And I've talked to people that are 18 to 85, it's certainly true for a lot of folks.
And so what you want to do over the next six weeks is you wanna write down each and every day, was it a good day?
Was it a plus one, plus two, plus three, good day?
Was it a bad day?
Minus one, minus two, minus three.
And this write down why?
Just a short sentence, why?
And then in a couple weeks you'll start to see a pattern.
And a day's never neutral, right?
I didn't say zero.
Day's never neutral.
Just like in business, you're either growing or you're shrinking.
But over time when you do that, you'll start to see a pattern in a couple weeks, and that's on what brings you the most joy.
What's given you those plus two and those plus three days?
And that, my friends, is that secret signal, that guidepost, that secret guidepost to your superpower.
Now, when you think about superpowers, the greatest superpowers aren't flying, or x-ray vision, or jumping over buildings, although that would be cool, and we'd probably get a lot more dates if we could do that.
But the greatest superpowers are those powers that we use to help others.
And you think about that from a business standpoint and a life standpoint.
No matter what you go into, no matter what business you start or nonprofit you start or which nonprofit or business you contribute to, the end goal, no matter what field you're in, will always be the same.
It's always creating a smile.
It's creating a smile for that teammate, that customer, that client.
Because if you're not creating smiles, you won't be in business very long.
You'll not be successful.
So, my hope is when we all wake up tomorrow morning, it's counterintuitive, but I don't wish for you to wish for you to be successful.
My hope is you wake up with the goal of being helpful.
Because when you do that, success will always find you.
And when we think about it, we've heard this phrase throughout most of our life, that nice people finish last.
Well, I'm here to tell you nice people don't finish last.
Nice people finish happy.
And so as you go out there in the world, my hope is that you're number one, that you're gonna be flawsome.
Number two, you're gonna be courageous.
And number three, you're gonna be kind.
And bonus: don't trust anyone that doesn't like pizza.
(audience laughs) But most importantly, if it doesn't challenge us, it certainly won't change us.
If you never take a step forward, you'll always be staying standing in the same place.
If you never ask for anything, the answer will always be no.
And if you can dream it, you can do it.
We're all superheroes here.
We just need that courage to wear that cape.
We need the courage to step into the greatest story ever written: your story.
Congratulations, you did it.
(audience cheers and applauds) Go green!
- Thank you so much, Eric, for your inspirational message.
We now have the pleasure of hearing the MSU Symphony Band under the direction of David Thornton.
They will play a special arrangement entitled "Fantasy of MSU Songs" composed by James Curnow.
(emotional orchestral music) ♪ Watch the points keep growing ♪ ♪ Spartan teams are bound to win ♪ ♪ They're fighting with a vim ♪ ♪ Rah, rah, rah ♪ ♪ See their team is weakening ♪ ♪ We're going to win this game ♪ ♪ Fight, Fight ♪ ♪ Rah, team, fight ♪ ♪ Victory for MSU ♪ (epic orchestral music) (crowd applauds and cheers) - Thank you very much, David Thornton and members of the MSU Symphony Band.
Now, let me introduce Carlos Conrad, who will present the student commencement address.
Carlos hales from Montclair, New Jersey.
He is graduating today with a bachelor's degree in supply chain management with minors in environmental and sustainability studies and peace and justice studies.
Later this year, he will begin his career on the global procurement team at United Airlines.
Carlos has certainly made the most of his time on campus, having been involved in organizations across the Broad College and MSU.
In fall 2019, he came to the Broad College as a member of the residential business community and quickly began getting involved with the multicultural business programs.
Within that, he became a leader on the executive board for multicultural business students, also getting involved with MVP tutoring services and the Native American and Hispanic Business Students Organization.
In his time with us, he has also been an active member of the Supply Chain Management Association and is a student engagement ambassador here in the Broad College.
Carlos also served as a resident assistant in McDonald Hall for Student Life and Engagement, and as an active member across MSU in other organizations such as Campus Choir, (speaks in foreign language), and even the Running Club.
He has done all of this while being fully committed academically.
Carlos is a member of the honors college and is graduating with a 3.87 GPA.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Carlos views this ceremony as one more opportunity to show his gratitude, and to give back to the community he loves so much.
Please join me in welcoming Carlos to the podium.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - (chuckles) Thank you so much Interim Dean Whipple for that warm introduction.
Greetings graduates, Broad faculty, proud families, and the Spartan community.
If we haven't met, my name is Carlos Conrad and I am so honored to serve as the student commencement speaker for the Eli Broad College of Business class of 2023.
(crowd applauds and cheers) I would like to open by shouting out those in my life who've played a role in my success here at MSU.
Without them, I would not be who I am in this very moment.
First, I'd like to thank both my mother and my father.
Thank you both for teaching me how to love and how to be a better person every single day.
Next, I'd like to thank my Broad family, my advisor and supervisor, Ken Horn, my org Multicultural business students and our advisor, Daryl King, all my professors, all my other Broad orgs, and all of my communities outside of Broad.
And of course I'd like to thank my friends.
Whether you're here in Michigan or back in New Jersey, you've all made me feel so at home here at MSU and I am so thankful for the support and gratitude I continue to receive from my relationships at all levels.
The story I would like to share today starts with one of the people to whom I truly owe my success to during my time at Michigan State University.
My late father, Charles Patrick Conrad.
(crowd applauds and cheers) (Carlos chuckles) My father grew up in a small town in rural Montana.
He, just like myself these past few years, struggled to find his purpose and pathway, especially following his undergraduate years of study.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in English, he was working as a night clerk at a Red Lion Inn motel in Missoula, trying to figure out if graduate school was the right path for him.
He quickly realized that working the graveyard shift at the front desk was not for him, but he still benefited.
Some of the motels regulars were traveling sales reps who worked for major book publishers.
And my father, someone who loved books, started to get ideas about his next steps.
Eventually, he built up his courage and ventured to the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated with a master's degree in library science.
There he further explored his love of literature, and realized that he, just like myself, wanted to help others tell a story.
In the 1980s, he moved out of that part of the country, and ventured to New York City where he threw himself into the publishing industry.
He worked for numerous well-known publishing companies and eventually rose to a high level editorial position at what is now Penguin Random House.
He met my mother at his first job and both eventually settled in Montclair, New Jersey.
I came into the picture on May 22nd, 2001.
Fast forward to summer 2018, I knew I needed to start deciding what I wanted to do after high school.
I knew I wanted to attend college, but had no clue what I wanted to study or where I wanted to go.
Being from such a large metropolitan area, I was always using public transit, and from a young age I knew how to get around.
My father helped me connect my affinity for transportation to the field of supply chain management, and how there could be a future in that for me.
In fall 2019, I enrolled at MSU in the pursuit of a supply chain management degree.
Then came late 2019 when my father received a diagnosis of Lou Gehrig's disease, more commonly known as ALS.
He did his best to battle the illness for two years, but unfortunately passed away on November 21st, 2021.
While it's been hard at times to process the events and sit with how different my life has been following his passing, I've really taken time in the last year to reflect and learn everything that this loss has taught me.
And so far the biggest lesson is this.
Life is not meant to be this storybook picture perfect journey.
There will be many detours along the path, and this is one for me.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend an event at Emory University through my job as an engagement ambassador with Broad.
The title of the conference was "Unconventional Pathways: The Road Less Traveled," and followed this philosophy of being unconventional.
The deeper meaning behind it is not letting your degrees constrain you, and not falling into the norm of what everyone else is doing, whether it's with your career, your personal journey, or any other kind of life development you have.
And class of 2023, the fact of the matter is our entire college experience has been unconventional.
Earlier I said that, like my father, I like to help others tell a story.
Well, class of 2023, let me tell our story now.
We left home and began our journey as Spartans.
We went to home games at Spartan Stadium, Breslin, and MUN.
We stayed up all night studying for that one final to keep that four point in a class, but maybe it was a two five.
(laughs) We studied outside of Panera in Minskoff.
We passed CSE 102.
(crowd applauds and cheers) We ate at the gallery, Brody Square, and other cafs.
We were sent home in March of 2020, uncertain of what was to come next.
We battled Zoom fatigue and took our second year completely online.
We interned, we studied abroad.
We danced the night away at a few places along Grand River that, let's be real.
I know you've all seen me out there.
(laughs) We stressed out way too much about our future.
We laughed, we cried, and in February of 2023, we went through something no one should ever have to go through.
But throughout it all we proved that we are strong together.
Resilience is the recurring motif for the class of 2023.
And just like the saying goes, "Spartans will."
And Spartans will be resilient no matter where our lives take us.
I've learned a lot about myself these past four years in ways I never even imagined were possible.
But if I can spread anything to anyone still struggling to find their purpose, it's these four encouraging messages.
First, be unconventional and don't fall into the norm.
It is more than okay if you still don't know where you're going after you leave this campus today, even if we have jobs and internships lined up in the next couple of months, we are all still figuring out our paths.
And as we saw with the pandemic, our lives were interrupted with the unimaginable.
So, we need to be flexible and adapt to change.
Second, learn to appreciate what you have before it becomes what you had.
The fact of the matter is it all goes by so much quicker than we'd ever imagine.
And I may be the overly self-aware friend in my circles, but this message speaks volumes.
I'm going to miss being a student here more than I ever would've thought, and I'm so thankful for what I, as well as you all, have experienced here these past four years.
Third, plain and simple, choose kindness.
This is the central purpose of the book "Wonder," and I will forever be an advocate that if everyone on this planet was just a little nicer to each other, the world would be a better place.
We are all leaving this campus today with a credential that some can only dream of having.
Let's use this privilege we've been granted and educate ourselves on what we can do to advocate for those in society who may not get the same opportunities that we've had.
And fourth, keep moving forward.
No matter what life throws at you, your very existence on this Earth is already more than enough.
Our stories are not gonna be finished tomorrow, next week, or even in 10 years.
And just like my father taught me, our stories and the legacies we leave behind will continue to move onward.
So, class of 2023.
Make your story phenomenal.
I am so proud of every single one of you, and I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.
I'd also like to give a big shout out to Michigan State University as a whole.
You gave my life so much meaning and you will continue to transform the lives of generations to come.
And to close, I'd like to leave you with two powerful quotes from two very different philosophers: scholar Ralph Waldo Emerson and Rapper Wiz Khalifa.
(laughs) First, "Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you."
Second, "Be who you are and let everyone love that person."
I love you all so much, and most importantly, go green!
- [Audience] Go green!
(applauds) - Thank you so much, Carlos, for sharing your story with us and your message of inspiration.
At this time, we shall confer the baccalaureate degree upon candidates from the major disciplines within the Eli Broad College of Business.
I will ask each department chairperson or representative to come to the microphone.
Graduates, after your department is announced, please rise and remain standing until all departments are announced.
From the Department of Supply Chain Management, interim chairperson and associate professor Jason Miller.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Would the candidates for the Bachelors of Arts in Supply Chain Management, please rise.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - From the- - Interim- - Oh, go ahead.
(laughs) - Interim Dean Whipple, on behalf of the faculty of the Department of Supply Chain Management, I present to you these hardworking, diligent graduates who we hope will go out and make the world a better place, and also make sure we do not run out of toilet paper ever again.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Thank you, Jason.
from the Department of Finance, Chairperson and Philip J.
May Endowed Professor, Dr. Andrei Simonov.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Would finance class of 2023 please rise?
(crowd applauds and cheers) Dean Whipple!
Let me introduce you the best, the brightest, the guys who goes through the wall and do it with a smile, and finish first, and finish happy.
Finance class of 2023.
- Thank you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) from the Department of Management, the John A. Hannah Distinguished professor, Dr. Quinetta Roberson.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Will the candidates for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Human Resource Management please rise.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Interim Dean Whipple, on behalf of the faculty in Management and Human Resource Management, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to present these magnificent, stupendous, and unrivaled candidates for conferral of their degree.
- Thank you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) From the Department of Marketing, Chairperson, Professor, and Fishbeck and Lee Faculty Fellow, Dr. Suman Basuroy.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Will the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing please rise?
(crowd applauds and cheers) Interim Dean Whipple, on behalf of the faculty in marketing, it's my honor and privilege to present these candidates for the conferral of their degrees.
- Thank you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) From the School of Hospitality Business, Director and the John and Becky Duffy endowed Professor of Hospitality Business, Dr. Karthikeyan Namasivayam.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Will the candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business please rise?
(crowd applauds and cheers) Interim Dean Whipple, on behalf of the faculty of the School of Hospitality Business, it is my privilege and honor to present these outstanding future leaders of the global hospitality industry for conferral of their degrees.
- Thank you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) From the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, chairperson and professor Dr. Marilyn Johnson.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Will the outstanding candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, please rise?
(crowd applauds and cheers) Interim Dean Whipple, on behalf of the Faculty of Accounting and Information Systems, I am honored and privileged to present these outstanding, amazing, hardworking candidates for the conferral of their degrees.
- Thank you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) On behalf of interim President Woodruff, who has delegated to her the authority of the state of Michigan vested in the board of trustees, I confer upon all of you the degrees for which you have been recommended, with all the rights and distinctions to which they entitle.
(crowd applauds and cheers) I'll now ask each of you to move your tassel from the right side of your caps to the left side.
(crowd applauds and cheers) This action signifies your admission in the community of scholars, and the fact that you are indeed graduates of Michigan State University.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Congratulations.
Please be seated.
From this day forward, you are forever a Broad Spartan.
You join a family of over 80,000 Broad alumni and over 500,000 Spartans worldwide.
We look forward to your continued achievements as you positively represent Spartan Nation and inspire the future of business.
- Go Green!
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Among our graduates today, there are several whose exceptional achievements merit special recognition.
I will first recognize the Board of Trustee Awardees.
After that, Richard Spring, associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Broad College will continue our student recognition.
We wish to pay tribute to graduates who not only completed their academic program successfully, but who have the distinction of having maintained the highest grade point averages in the class, meriting the Board of Trustees Award.
To be eligible for this prestigious award, at least three-fourths of the credits for the degree must be earned in resident at Michigan State University.
Will the students who are present, please stand and remain standing as your names are called.
I request the audience to hold your applause until each individual has been introduced.
Anthony Arapaj, supply chain management.
Nicholas Baleski, finance honors college.
Matthew Baylis, marketing.
Devin Brust, accounting honors college.
Chad Casey, supply chain Management.
Joslyn Chen, accounting honors college.
Riley Damore, marketing honors college.
Natalie Daube, finance honors college.
Nicholas John Donovan.
finance honors college.
Greyson Dwyer supply chain management, honors college.
Carlos Enriquez, marketing.
Alexander Frischmuth, finance.
Brian George, supply chain management.
Anthony Giordano, supply chain management.
Devin Granzo, finance.
Siddarth Guruvi, supply chain management.
Laura Hall, accounting.
Trent C. Hughes, finance.
Justin Jawanda, supply chain management.
Owen Kelly, hospitality business.
Justin Kepler, accounting.
Chase Landis, supply chain management.
honors college, Caitlin Mather, management honors college.
Michael McCarthy, accounting.
Joshua Meek, supply chain management.
Olivia Mlynarek, supply chain management, honors college.
Amy Montalbano, supply chain management, honors college.
Megan Obear, finance.
Lauren O'Brien, supply chain management, honors college.
Benjamin Perry, marketing.
Yatin Sareen, finance honors college.
Dana Scheuer, accounting, honors college.
Jack Taylor, finance, honors college.
Grant Wills, finance, honors college.
On behalf of your classmates and the faculty, staff, officers, and trustees of the university, I extend sincere congratulations on your academic success.
Please join me in a round of applause.
(crowd applauds and cheers) Congratulations.
class of 2023 Board of Trustee Recipients.
You may now be seated.
- Thank you, Interim Dean Whipple.
Students who participate and fulfill the requirements of the Honor College by completing enriched programs of study are identified as graduating with honors college distinction.
These graduates wear a white collar stole with the HC designation.
All students who are graduating as members of the Honors College, please stand and accept our congratulations.
(crowd applauds and cheers) You may be seated.
We award the university's distinction for high honor to students who attain grade point averages between 3.95 and 4.0.
University Honor is awarded to students who have earned great point averages between 3.82 and 3.94.
The gold chord added to the academic robes designates these honors.
Would all students who are graduating with High Honor and with honor, please stand and accept our congratulations.
(crowd applauds and cheers) You may be seated.
In recognition of Michigan State's ongoing commitment to education abroad, I ask all graduates who participated in an education abroad program while at MSU to stand so that we may recognize you.
(crowd applauds and cheers) You may be seated.
Undergraduate students who began their philanthropy to their alma mater while still attending Michigan State University received the green and white philanthropy cord to designate their support for MSU.
By making this generous commitment, these students have already made an impact on future generations of Spartans.
Would all students who wear these philanthropy cords, please stand and accept our sincere thanks.
(crowd applauds and cheers) The Rhode College Student Senate is a body of undergraduate business students who sponsor activities that enhance the professional growth of our students.
We thank them for their commitment to their peers along with our Broad College student organizations.
Would all Broad student senate and student organization members please stand and accept our thanks.
(crowd applauds and cheers) - Thank you, Associate Dean Spring.
We now have come to that wonderful moment that makes this day so special.
The awarding of diplomas.
Mr. Scott Poll and Mr. Jamie Paisley will announce the names of the graduates as they pause at the center of the stage.
Students and guests, please remain seated.
We ask guests to be considerate in applauding for their graduate as names are read so that each graduate's name can be heard and appropriately recognized.
We ask all degree recipients to return to your seats following the presentation of your diploma.
Each graduating senior is a member of the Spartan family.
Please show the same respect for the last graduate as the first.
I now ask the newly graduates be escorted to the stage to receive a symbolic diploma.
(crowd chatters) - The graduates in supply chain management.
Jack Codis, Graham Mason.
Hannah Harrigan, Erica Hurley.
- Yeah, oh my God!
- Timothy Harvey.
Hayden Josie Gargiulo.
Michael David Perone.
Ashley Taylor Bumensor.
Zach Antonis Kyrambedis.
Nathan Michael Frankoviak.
Adam Cooper Bowlman.
Madeline Ruth Minnich.
Josh Paul Banes.
Jack Van Ert.
Sophia La Puma.
Yakub Ahmed Ahnan.
Brett Allen Michelech.
Matthew Jess Morrow.
Tren Fong Nach Win.
Piper Sarah Trembor.
Lane Elizabeth Bailey.
- Mitch Kaminsky.
Givanna Marie Galasso.
Ri Chen Chong.
John Yu Wu.
Brandon William Thomas.
Chung Young Chou.
Jen Bo Mi.
Song Bo Woo.
- That was a double.
- Ryan Thomas Fetty.
Henrick Norbert Holland.
Nicholas Joseph Johastole.
Katherine Ann Novel.
Molly Lynn McKay.
Juan Yu Young.
Chau Yu Fang.
Natalie Di Augustino.
Tyler J. Kaufman.
Rodrigo De Negres.
Schwan Wen Wong.
Yet Yan Chen.
Yang Ju Lin.
Yuan Jo Pei.
Pei Lin Dong.
Nora Deen Ahmed.
Yung Hu Hong.
Jun Jin Kim.
Ja Run Cheng.
Hung Rui Lynn.
Delia Lee Gonzalez.
Clara Martin Diggin.
Raphael Silvera Bernardo Kachina Macharenas.
Shi Cong Wong.
Zi Hao Li.
Amy Elizabeth Montalmono.
- I think we're coming up on one, aren't we?
Are we coming up on a switch?
- The graduates in finance.
Alessandra Lucia Bonello.
Dylan Daley Snyder.
Natalie Ava Valiav.
Stephanie Isabella Schick.
Ze Ning Su.
Yu Fang Liu.
Eva Marie Webber.
Shu Yi Shang.
Adam Keto Tucheck.
Stephen Van Gorp.
Gia Jasmine Toler.
Caitlin Deborah Seigel.
Neil Suria Santosh Karapati.
Jackson Allen Bradley Cannell McHugh.
Abigail Maisie Cormier.
Christian Bing Kaparazo.
Olivia Christine Kremple.
Matthew Van Linder.
Yani Cosmos Stavropolis.
Nicholas John Donovan.
- Same first and last on this one.
- Andres Andres.
Donald Charles Driever III.
John Ray Vecchio.
Maxwell Jerome Smitch.
Cody Ryan Sunderland.
Michael Allen Wilkoliac Jr. Dylan Reese Michael.
Kung Pang Lu.
Nicola Mirko Polinkus.
Cole Michael Kerwitz.
Nikash Vene Solanki.
Andrew Kane Latrell.
Christopher Douglas Burner.
- Say Michael instead.
- Michael Zlatof.
Owen Martin Bianco.
Wen Ji Wang.
Ethan Henry Crawford Wolf.
Matthew Jacob Ferman.
- Jolanne Elise Robinson.
Ye Ming Yan.
Ji Han Lieu.
Daheed Mora Katib.
Jacob Steven Bartlet.
James Collins IV.
Nicholas Frederick Beleski.
Alexandra Fry, Arthur Felton III.
Jayden Joe Heiser.
Vivianna Sen Jen.
Renata Brije Henry.
Gabriela Patricia Quearportillo.
From the School of Management.
- The Graduates in Management.
- The Graduates in Management.
Sutton Rose Anne McKinnis.
Ti Ya Lin.
Raven Nicole Evans.
Matthew Roy Beerworth.
- Yeah, we can do a switch.
- The graduates in Marketing.
Alison Schloss, Chloe Nicholas.
Ruby Rose Webber.
Madeline Van Gesell.
Jennifer Hoang Tran.
Maureen St. Pierre.
Maya Denise Kellaway.
Justice Kayla Griswald.
Margaret Anita Garretson.
Maya Gabriela Cruz Segovia.
Emily Christine Kojaknien.
Patrick Kenzo Hendon.
Haley Huff, Sophia Rose Rudger.
Yesenia Pareto Bisenjo.
Judith Vasquez Barba.
Sophie K. Brevka.
Nicholas Carmaladine Amine.
Victoria Christina Gardaki.
Erica Lynn McEntee.
Faylen Hughes O'Brien.
Braden Savari Miller.
Gisele Branan Miller.
Julia Seaward Van Risima.
Destiny Renee Spriggens.
Anna Grace Tramuler.
Samhita Sarav Panani.
Sarah Ashley Franz.
Alexandra Nicole Bergeron.
Peter Vincent Corcetti.
Carson Nicola Ruben.
Samuel Frank Schneider.
Tucker Peterson, Joseph Grim.
Rachel Morman, India Kenhard.
Benjamin Kyle Mutts.
Wyatt Cotton Cool.
(presenters chatter indistinctly) - You okay?
- We're gonna do one more, if that's okay.
- All right.
Carly Diane Postal.
Sarah Marie Eisenbeiss.
Ellie Brook Bartholomew.
Evan Anthony Samolik.
Kyle Robert Errand.
Nick De Baker.
- Jordan Nash.
Elise Van Dyke.
Jennifer Lynn Block.
- Oh, good bench.
- Evelyn Larson.
Jillian Francis Dempsey.
Graziella Pachiero Monteiro.
Graduates from Hospitality Business.
Anna Graciella Escobar Lovarca.
Haley Madison Lowman.
Chloe Shomano Crop.
Ashkay Bargava Ocshay Bargava.
Katherine Rose Condrtiov.
Alexis Nicole Breward.
Cameron Nicole De Herron.
Braden Rutherford, Angelina Baglio.
Chen Kai Yian.
Abdul Azim Gazeemly.
Sung Su Han.
Shi Quam Liam Lynn Wejin Vincent Pan.
The graduates from Accounting.
Joseph Nalu, Amanda Nugent.
Angela Grace Oraha.
Chris Sean Janay Cherry.
Chloe Scott, Mary Leoni.
Lauren Angela Damie.
Dana Elizabeth Schuer.
Alexander Santa Cruz Garcia.
Ci Gi Lu.
Wei Ying Chiu.
Cole Van Amberg.
Seth Thomas Summers.
Nagasai Vipul Adusilmeli.
Ryan Joseph Huell.
Stephen Joseph Zambia, Andrew John Lawrence.
Matty Quinn Belansky.
Jacqueline Jesse Joes.
Yarasi Morales Aviva.
Alexandra Cosette Marino.
Jessica Lee Nust.
Rahido De Helai.
Nathan Michael Deloyan.
Justin Joseph Kepler.
Patrick Fung Wen.
Abdu Aziz Alamri.
Jared Lampton, Jacob Rose.
Yu Chen Liu.
And, Cheng Fei Luo.
- Before we end today's celebration, there is one final important group of people who, without their love, understanding, and support, would have made today's celebration much more difficult.
Your family and friends have been instrumental supporters of all of our graduates, so please let us ask our family and friends to rise, and provide our sincere appreciation.
(crowd applauds and cheers) To conclude the ceremony, I now invite all of you to stand and join in singing the first stanza of the Alma Mater, "MSU Shadows."
When the singing concludes, please remain in your seats until after the recessional of the platform party.
Thank you, and once again, congratulations, graduates.
("MSU Shadows") ♪ MSU, we love thy shadows ♪ ♪ When twilight silence falls ♪ ♪ Flushing deep and softly paling ♪ ♪ O'er ivy covered halls ♪ ♪ Beneath the pines we'll gather ♪ ♪ To give our faith so true ♪ ♪ Sing our love for Alma Mater ♪ ♪ And thy praises MSU ♪ (crowd applauds and cheers) (upbeat marching band music)