>>THE CANDIDATES FOR THE BACHELOR OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION DEGREE FROM THE
TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS HAVE GATHERED TO CELEBRATE
COMMENCEMENT. ALL ARE IN THEIR PLACES.
THESE PROCEEDINGS ARE HERE BY CALLED TO ORDER.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. IT IS MY PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE THE DEAN OF THE TIPPIE
COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSOR OFMARKETING,
DR. SARAH FISHER GUARD YELL. GARDIAL. [APPLAUSE] .
>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME,
EVERYONE. ON BEHALF OF THE TIPPIE COLLEGE
OF BUSINESS AND THE UNIVERSITY
OF IOWA, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU.
GRADUATING SENIORS, FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, FACULTY AND
STAFF OF THE COLLEGE. ALL OF US ARE HERE AND WE ARE
HERE TO SHOW YOU HOW VERY PROUD
WE ARE OF YOU. THIS COMMENCEMENT ALLOWS US TO
HONOR YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE COME TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE
AND REFLECT ON AN IMPORTANT
MILESTONE IN THE LIVES OF THESE STUDENTS.
THE COMPLETION OF THEIR UNDER GRADUATE EDUCATION.
TODAY MANY EMOTIONS FILL THIS
AUDITORIUM. FOR OUR GRADUATES, THESE EMOTIONS PROBABLY RANGE FROM EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION TO UNCERTAINTY AND APPREHENSION
ABOUT THE FUTURE. FOR PARENTS, AND SPOUSES, THE
RANGE OF EMOTIONS PROBABLY
INCLUDES PRIDE AND IN SOME
CASES, I SUSPECT, A PROFOUND
SENSE OF FINANCIAL RELIEF. BEFORE WE GET STARTED TODAY I
WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR FACULTY AND INVITED GUEST THAT
HAVE JOINED US TODAY FOR THIS CEREMONY.
PLEASE STAND AS I INTRODUCE YOU
ON THE PLATFORM.
NANCY ABRAMS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF
PRACTICE AND MARKETING. THAT WAS AWESOME!
KEN BROWN, ASSOCIATE DEAN,
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM. [APPLAUSE].>>DR. THOMAS DERBY-STOELZLE,
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FINANCE AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
LAW SUIT. JOHN SOLOW, PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT
EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF ECONOMICS. MELISSA SHIVERS, VICE PRESIDENT
FOR STUDENT LIFE. MICHAEL MAHONEY,
CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, OF
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC. BETH LIVINGSTON, ASSISTANT
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP. JEFF OHLMANN, ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR AND CO-DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES AND BUSINESS ANALYTICS.
AND JOYCE BERG. PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING AND DIRECTOR OF THE IOWA
ELECTRONIC MARKETS. [APPLAUSE] WE HAVE SEVERAL
FACULTY THAT ARE SERVING AS MARSHALS IN
OUR CEREMONY TODAY. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE
THEM. BETH BELLMAN, LECTURER OF
MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
WHERE ARE YOU? THERE YOU GO.
THANK YOU. MICHAEL COLBERT.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE AND CO-DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE
STUDIES FOR BUSINESS ANALYTICS. THANK YOU, MICHAEL. CRISTI GLEASON, PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING AND HENRY B. TIPPIE
RESEARCH FELLOW.
JENNIFER FUHRMAN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, OF INSTRUCTION AND
UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES FOR ECONOMICS. JON GARFINKEL, HENRY B. TIPPIE
RESEARCH PROFESSOR OF FINANCE. AND TOM WALSH.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE AND DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE
STUDIES IN MARKETING. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] .
>>I THINK MARKETING WINS TODAY.
I DON’T KNOW WHY. OKAY. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY:
ALL OF YOU FACULTY. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE SPECIAL
THANKS AND RECOGNITION TO THE
MEMBERS OF THE IOWA BRASS QUINTET.
INCLUDING AMY SCHENDEL, EVAN
FOWLER, KATELYN HALBERT, TODD SCHENDEL AND JOHN MANNING, THANK
YOU FOR OUR MUSIC TODAY. THESE PROCEEDINGS WILL BE INTERPRETED BY SCOTTIE VAN ISEGHAM. AND WE THANK HER FOR HER
SERVICES TODAY AS WELL. NOW I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO TURN
YOUR ATTENTION TO THE VIDEO SCREENS IN THE
ARENA FOR A SPECIAL PRESENTATION TITLED,
“CELEBRATING IOWA.” [APPLAUSE] .
>>IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE OUR COMMENCEMENT
SPEAKER. MIKE MAHONEY.
MIKE IS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OFFICER OF BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CORPORATION AND CHAIRMAN OF THE
COMPANY’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS. BOSTON SCIENTIFIC IS A GLOBAL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY LEADER WITH
APPROXIMATELY $10 BILLION IN ANNUAL REVENUE.
AND THEY ARE IN 125 COUNTRIES,
UNDER MIKE’S LEADERSHIP, BOSTON SCIENTIFIC IS
DELIVERING ON ITS MISSION TO TRANSFORM LIVES
THROUGH INNOVATIVE MEDICAL
SOLUTIONS THAT PROVIDE IMPROVED HEALTH
FOR PATIENTS AROUND THE WORLD.
MIKE HAS FOCUSED THE COMPANY ON ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF THE
EVOLVING HEALTH CARE LANDSCAPE
BY DRIVING IMPROVEMENTS IN PATIENT OUTCOMES AND INCREASING
HEALTH CARE ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY AND ACCESS.
UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, BOSTON SCIENTIFIC HAS BROUGHT MANY
TRANSFORMATIONAL MEDICAL DEVICES
TO THE MARKET WHILE CREATING SIGNIFICANT VALUE FOR ITS SHAREHOLDERS. HIS CAREER SPANS MORE THAN 25
YEARS OF SUCCESS, BUILDING
MARKET LEADING MEDICAL DEVICES.
PREVIOUSLY, HE WAS WITH THE
MEDICAL DEVICES AND DIAGNOSTIC DIVISION OF JOHNSON & JOHNSON
AND PRIOR TO THAT, AT GENERAL ELECTRIC
MEDICAL SYSTEMS. MIKE SERVES ON THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS FOR BAXTER INTERNATIONAL.
AND THE GOVERNOR OF BOSTON COLLEGE CEO CLUB.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE EARNED HIS
BBA IN FINANCE RIGHT HERE AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA AND HIS MBA
FROM WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY. HE IS MARRIED AND HAS THREE
CHILDREN. THANK YOU, MIKE, FOR COMING AND
HONORING US TODAY. [APPLAUSE] .
>>APOLOGIES FOR THOUGH LONGEST BIO IN IOWA HISTORY RIGHT THERE. I SHOULD HAVE
SHORTER ERENED IT UP TO YOU, HELLO, FELLOW HAWKS, EYES,
AND, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS, YOU WORKED
SUPER-HARD TO GET HERE AND YOU DESERVE TO CELEBRATE WITH YOUR
FRIENDS AND FAMILY. AND ALSO, CONGRATULATIONS
TO THE FRIENDS AND PARENTS, A FEW OF
WHOM I’VE HAD A PLEASURE TO GRADUATE WITH, ALBEIT THREE
DECADES AGO. SO, IN MA BRIEF COMMENTS —
MY BRIEF COMMENTS I WANT TO
SHARE THREE THINGS, REFLEX FROM
MY TIME ON THIS CAMPUS, THOUGHTS ON THE CAREER JOURNEYS THAT
HOPEFULLY WILL HELP YOU, AND A FEW TIPS TO CONSIDER AS YOU
EMBARK ON YOUR NEW AND EXCITING
CAREER AHEAD OF YOU. MY WIFE AND I WERE
BLESSED WITH THREE WONDERFUL KIDS.
AND SIMILAR AGE TO YOU. AND I OFTEN SPEND A LOT OF TIME
WITH OUR NEW HIRES, SOME OF THEM
IOWA GRADS, AND SO BASED ON THAT
I’M PARTIALLY QUALIFIED TO BE YOUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER TODAY.
FIRST OF ALL, I THINK YOU ARE
ABSOLUTELY GRADUATING FROM A FABULOUS SCHOOL.
WITH A REPUTATION OF ACADEMIC
EXCELLENCE, AND AMAZING SCHOOL
SPIRIT, AND, INCREDIBLY STRONG VALUES.
AND NOW WHEN I REFLECT BACK I HAVE BEEN HERE ALL DAY TODAY, WHEN I REFLECT
BACK AT MY TIME IN IOWA, MANY THINGS ARE
SIMILAR, AND ALSO MANY POSITIVE
DIFFERENCES THAT YOU HELPED CREATE AND EXPERIENCED IN YOUR
TIME ON CAMPUS. SO, I MOVED IN THE PICTURESQUE
DORMITORY IN THE SUMMER OF 1983.
MY FRIEND AND I CHERISHED ALL
THINGS HAWKEYE RELATED AND LISTENED TO BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ON CASSETTE TAPES AN ATE 100% CARB
MEALS IN THE CAFETERIA, AND
DONATED BLOOD, FOR MONEY.
AND, IMPORTANTLY, WE SPOKE TO
OUR PARENTS EVERY FEW WEEKS VIA PAY PHONE.
SO, TODAY IT IS NICE TO SEE
BIRDS ARE STILL THRIVING AND YOU
CLEARLY CHERISH ALL THINGS HAWKEYE RELATED.
AND WATCH BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY ON
NETFLIX, LISTEN TO SPOTIFY,
EMBRACE KETO DIETS AND,
UNFORTUNATELY YOU PROBABLY RECEIVED DAILY TEXTS FROM YOUR
PARENTS WHILE YOU WERE HERE. BUT I CAN TELL YOU ONE OF MY
FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT YOUR CLASS IS THAT YOU ABSOLUTELY CARE.
YOU EMBRACE INCLUSIVENESS AND PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR
ACTIVITIES AND JOIN THE CROWD OF 70,000 TO SHOW THE WORLD THE
COMPASSION OF THE IOWA COMMUNITY AT FOOTBALL GAMES WHICH IS
REALLY, REALLY SPECIAL. SO I MAJORED IN FINANCE.
AND LIKE ALL OF YOU SITTING HERE
TODAY, WE LEARN THE CRITICAL BUILDING BLOCKS OF ECONOMICS,
ACCOUNTING AND MARKETING AND WE LEARNED HOW TO THINK AND SOLVE
PROBLEMS. AND, IMPORTANTLY, WE LEARNED HOW
TO BALANCE OUR WORK, OUR PLAY,
AND OUR STUDIES TO MAKE IT ALL WORK TOGETHER. BUT, WE ALSO DREAMED AND
STRESSED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT AN UNKNOWN FUTURE CAREER.
SO AS YOU GRADUATE, AND MAYBE
PACK UP TOMORROW, I CAN TELL YOU
THAT THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT YOU HAVE MADE ON THIS CAMPUS, AND
THE EXPERIENCE THAT YOU HAD ON
THIS CAMPUS AND THE MEMORIES THAT YOU WILL TAKE WITH YOU,
THEY WILL LAST A LIFETIME. AND THEY WILL PROVIDE YOU AN IMPORTANT FOUNDATION FOR YOUR
FRIENDSHIPS AND ADVENTURES TO COME.
SO NOW ONTO A FEW CAREER TOPICS.
I WOULD ASK YOU THINK OF YOUR CAREER AS A JOURNEY OR A LONG
CROSS-COUNTY RUN.
RATHER THAN A CLEAR SPRINT TO THE FINISH LINE.
IT WILL BE FILLED WITH UNKNOWNS,
DIFFERENT TERRAIN AND PERHAPS EVEN OTHER COUNTRIES, GOOD AND
BAD BOSSES, SETBACKS AND
PROMOTIONS, LEARNINGS AND MANY NEW FRIENDSHIPS.
AND IT IS ALSO HIGHLY LIKELY THAT YOUR CAREER WILL NOT BE A
STRAIGHT ROAD AND IT WILL NOT
LIKELY OCCUR AT THE SPEED THAT YOU MIGHT PREFER: NOR WILL YOUR
CAREER HAVE THE CLARITY YOU HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO, LIKE THE
ANNUAL SCHEDULING OF CLASSES AND SUMMER JOBS
THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. AS YOU ARE MOVING FORWARD
WITHOUT A PERFECT ROAD MAP, I
CAN TELL YOU THIS IS THE EXCITING PART IN BEING HAWKEYES,
YOU ARE WELL-TRAINED AND YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN.
SO SOME OF YOU, THE LUCKY ONES,
MAY ALREADY HAVE JOBS LINED UP
AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.
OF BUT, MANY OF YOU LIKELY DO NOT. YOU ARE PROBABLY UNSURE ABOUT
YOUR CAREER PATH, AND FEELING A
BIT ANXIOUS ABOUT WHAT LIES AHEAD. SO I CAN TELL YOU TO BREATHE
EASY, I WAS 1,000% IN IN YOUR
SHOES. SO, TODAY, WE’RE A GLOBAL MED
TECH COMPANY AND MAKE PRODUCTS THAT HELP PATIENTS,
30 MILLION PATIENTS PER YEAR, IMPACTED AND
WORKING OVER 125 COUNTRIES.
AND, BEING IN HEALTH CARE MEANS
THERE ARE CHALLENGES AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES. BUT, MOST IMPORTANTLY,
I LOVE OUR MISSION OF ADVANCING SCIENCE
FOR LIFE. WORKING WITH INCREDIBLE PEOPLE,
AND KNOWING THERE IS A HIGHER PURPOSE TO WHAT WE DO. HOWEVER, MAYBE THIS WILL HELP —
I CAN TELL YOU MY CAREER JOURNEY
DID NOT GET OFF TO A BLAZING START.
DURING MY SECOND SEMESTER,
SENIOR YEAR I THINK I INTERVIEWED FOR 7 DIFFERENT
JOBS, ON CAMPUS.
ZERO FOR 7. ZIPPO, DIDN’T GET ANY OF THEM
AND MY GPA AND RELEVANT WORK
EXPERIENCE WERE NOT PARTICULARLY DISTINGUISHED
AT THE TIME. BUT, AFTER GRADUATION I DECIDED THAT I WANTED TO
GET INTO HEALTH CARE AND WORKING IN SALES AT GE
MEDICAL WAS MY GOAL.
I QUICKLY LEARNED GE WAS LESSEN ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT MY PLANS AND
KNOWING I NEEDED TWO YEARS OF SALES EXPERIENCE,
I LANDED A JOB AT NCR CORPORATION SELLING CASH
REGISTERS. DOOR-TO-DOOR, TO RESTAURANTS AND
HOTELS IN NORTHERN INDIANA.
ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF LIVING
AT LA QUINTA INN FOR 6 MONTHS,
AND IT WASN’T BANKING IN NEW
YORK CITY OR CHICAGO ARE DES MOINES WHERE SOME OF MY FRIENDS MOVED TO.
AND I WORKED HARD. LEARNED A LOT, EXCEEDED MOST OF
MY TARGETS AND PROBABLY MOST IMPORTANTLY, I KEPT KNOCKING ON
THE DOOR AT GE HEALTH CARE, AND
AFTER 24 MONTHS, THEY FINALLY GAVE ME A CHANCE AND I RECEIVED
A JOB THERE. I WORKED IN HEALTH CARE EVER
SINCE. TAKING NUMEROUS DIFFERENT PATHS
AND LEARNED A LOT ALONG THE WAY WITH DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES,
LOCATIONS AND COMPANIES. SO LOOKING BACK, I CAN SAY
WITHOUT A DOUBT, THAT I DID NOT HAVE A CLEAR ROAD MAP
FOR MY CAREER. WHAT I DID WAS FOCUS ON
DELIVERING STRONG RESULTS, BE A
TEAM PLAYER AND EMBRACING CHALLENGES ASSIGNMENTS, NEVER
STOP LEARNING AND LASTLY, CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO TAKE A FEW
RISKS IN MY CAREER. SO AS ALL OF YOU
PREPARE FOR YOUR OWN CAREER JOURNEY, I’LL
GIVE YOU MAYBE A COUPLE OF TIPS
TO CONSIDER ALONG THE WAY.
THE FIRST ONE IS, TO CONSISTENTLY DELIVER RESULTS
ABOVE AND BEYOND EXPECTATIONS.
NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FIRST JOB
IS, DO IT INCREDIBLY WELL. GO ABOVE AND BEYOND. WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH YOUR
TEAMMATES. AND, IMPORTANTLY, BE AN
OPTIMIST. BE AN ENERGY GIVER TO THE
ORGANIZATION, AND NOT AN ENERGY
SUCKER TO THE ORGANIZATION.
BECAUSE, WHEN YOU PERFORM WELL, AND ENERGIZE OTHERS, PEOPLE WILL
WANT TO PULL YOU UP ACROSS THE COMPANY.
AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU WILL
GAIN MORE CONFIDENCE INDIVIDUALLY.
SO YOU MAY NOT LOVE YOUR FIRST JOB OR YOUR SECOND JOB.
BUT, IF YOU DO THEM EXTREMELY WELL, YOU WILL EARN THE RIGHT TO
EXPLORE THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY.
SO THE SECOND THING I CONSIDER
IS TRY TO ALIGN YOUR WORK WITH SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN DEVELOP A
PASSION FOR AND BE HAPPY DOING.
SO, HARD WORK OVER THE LONG HAUL DEFINITELY TAKES HAPPINESS.
BUT I SAY DEVELOP A PASSION
BECAUSE THE COMMON ADVICE OF FINDING YOUR PASSION USUALLY
DOESN’T WORK. SO FOR MOST PEOPLE IT DOESN’T
STRIKE YOU THE DAY YOU GRADUATE
AND SUDDENLY BECOMES CRYSTAL-CLEAR. SOMETIMES YOUR
PASSION MAY BE IN THE FORM OF A HOBBY OR SOMETHING OUTSIDE OF WORK.
BUT YOU MUST WORK HARD TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING SPECIAL.
AND YOU WILL WORK A LOT HARDER WHEN YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY WHAT YOU
ARE DOING. SO, I THINK THE SECRET HERE IS DEVELOP A
PASSION, AS BEING CURIOUS, AND, INVESTING YOUR
TIME AND ENERGY AND LEARNING.
SO, PLEASE PUSH YOURSELF AFTER
GRADUATION TO CONTINUE TO GROW, DEVELOP EXPERIENCE, AND FIND OUT
WHAT INTERESTS YOU THE MOST.
THE THIRD THING TO DO IS PURSUE CHALLENGING, UNIQUE OR DIFFICULT
TURN AROUND ASSIGNMENTS IN THE
COMPANY YOU CHOOSE. AND VIEW THESE AS GREAT OPPORTUNITIES
NOT AS CHALLENGES, FOR WEAK ASSIGNMENTS.
SEE THOSE CHALLENGES IS A WAY TO
STRETCH AND DIFFERENTIATE YOUR TEAM AND YOURSELF AND PLEASE
TAKE SOME RISKS IN YOUR CAREER, PARTICULARLY EARLY IN YOUR
CAREER, AND ASSUME THAT CHANGEWILL BE CONSTANT.
AND LASTLY, WHEREVER THE
CROSS-COUNTRY RUN TAKES YOU, REMEMBER THAT YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
ABSOLUTELY MATTER. YOU CANNOT HAVE TOO MANY
FRIENDS, AND YOU CANNOT DO TOO MUCH FOR OTHER PEOPLE.
YOU CAN’T BE TOO THOUGHTFUL.
YOU CANNOT SAY THANK YOU TOO MANY TIMES.
OF EVEN YOUR PARENTS, VIA TEXT, TWEET, OR SOME NEW APP. THE LAST THING FROM THE BOTTOM
OF MY HEART I’D LIKE TO THANK YOU. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT YOUR
GENERATION IS AMAZING. AND THE WORLD NEEDS YOU NOW MORE
THAN EVER. MY GENERATION AND PREVIOUS
GENERATIONS ARE LEARNING FROM YOU.
YOU ARE SMART, YOU ARE
AMBITIOUS, DIVERSE, YOU ARE OPEN-MINDED, AND INCLUSIVE AND
CARING: PLEASE, JUST ONCE IN A WHILE PUT THE PHONE DOWN.
ONCE IN A WHILE! SO, ENJOY YOUR CROSS-COUNTRY
RUN. GOOD LUCK TO EACH AND EVERY ONE
AND LET’S GO HAWKEYES. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, MIKE.
FOR YOUR INSPIRING REMARKS. FROM 0 AND 7 AT IOWA TO CHAIR OF
ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING
CORPORATIONS, YOU INSPIRE ALL OF US. THANK YOU.
IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE
TODAY’S STUDENT SPEAKER.
SIN YEE UNG. A NATIVE OF KUALA LUMPUR,
MALAYSIA, SHE’S GRADUATING WITH
A BBA DEGREE IN FINANCE AND IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SERVED AS THE TREASURER AND THEN VICE
PRESIDENT OF THE MALAYSIAN
STUDENT SOCIETY. AND PARTICIPATED IN TIPPIE’S
INTERNATIONAL BUDDIES PROGRAM AND VOLUNTEERS AT THE IOWA CITY
ANIMAL SHELTER IN HER FREE TIME.
SHE PLANS TO WORK IN THE U.S. CORPORATE FINANCE SECTOR BEFORE
RETURNING TO MALAYSIA AND IS
JOINED TODAY BY HER PARENTS,
SHOOK LEING TAN AND LEAN HUP NG. [APPLAUSE] .
>>THANK YOU DEAN BROWN FOR THE KIND WORDS.
A VERY WARM WELCOME TO PARENTS,
TEACHERS, AND MY FELLOW GRADUATES.
TODAY WE STAND TALL WITH OUR
HEADS HELD HIGH AS WE FINALLY
GRADUATE AND GET READY TO EMBARK ON OUR JOURNEY TO LIVE LIFE TO
THE FULLEST. TO START WITH, HERE’S A QUESTION
I ASKED MYSELF FIVE YEARS AGO: WHERE DO YOU
SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS? I REMEMBER BEFORE COMING TO IOWA, HOW PEOPLE WERE ASKING ME
IF I WAS SURE IOWA WAS THE PLACE
I WANTED TO BE.
THEY ASKED, WHY IOWA? ALL I’VE EVER HEARD ABOUT IOWA
WAS ITS MASSIVE CORN FIELDS. ARE YOU SURE THAT IS THE PLACE
YOU WANT TO BE?
I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND
SAID, YEAH, THE UNIVERSITY HAS A
PRETTY GOOD STANDING WORLDWIDE.
SO WHY NOT GIVE IT A SHOT? WITH THAT, I JOURNEYED ACROSS OCEANS, TRANSITING THROUGH KOREA AND CHICAGO, AND 28 HOURS LATER,
HERE I WAS AT IOWA. AND, THE FIRST THING I SAW WERE
CORN FIELD, THE PEOPLE WERE RIGHT.
WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF ARRIVING,
AFTER ATTENDING THE ORIENTATION PROGRAM, I HAD ABOUT EVERYTHING
SET UP TO BEGIN MY JOURNEY HERE. CLASSES STARTED OFF EASY, SECOND
WEEK CAME BY AND I WAS STARTING
TO FEEL THE WORKLOAD. THIRD WEEK, I WAS PACKED WITH
ASSIGNMENTS AND QUIZES AND
HAVING TO GET USED TO THE NEW
ENVIRONMENT AND NEW RESPONSIBILITIES.
I WAS OVERWHELMED BY EVERYTHING AROUND ME.
AND IT DIDN’T HELP I WAS A LONG WAY FROM HOME.
EVERY WEEK, I WOULD STILL CALL
MY MOM TO ASSURE HER THAT I WAS FINE.
BUT, IN REALITY, I WAS STRESSED ABOUT MY GRADES, AND ABOUT
FIGURING OUT MY CAREER PATH.
I WAS SINKING DOWNWARD.
BUT, I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE
PEOPLE AROUND ME TO GUIDE AND
SUPPORT ME THROUGH MY ANXIETY. ADVISERS
FROM THE CENTER ASSURED ME MOST PEOPLE START OFF NOT
KNOWING WHAT THEY WANT TO DO AND
THIS WAS THE PERFECT TIME TO FIGURE IT OUT.
I DISCOVERED BUSINESS ANALYTICS AND FINANCE SPARKED MY INTEREST. THE TAKEAWAY MESSAGE WAS TO TAKE
ONE DAY AT A TIME, SLOWLY, BUT
SURELY, YOU EVENTUALLY REACH THE FINISH LINE.
MEETING PEOPLE HERE PLAYED A BIG
ROLE IN MAKING MY IOWA
EXPERIENCE UNFORGETTABLE.
THAT FIRST SEMESTER, I STARTED WORKING AT THE IMU AS
A COOK, BECAUSE I THOUGHT OF IT AS A WAY
TO EARN EXTRA POCKET MONEY.
WHEN I SAW MY SUPERVISOR, MARK,
I REMEMBER THINKING, WELL, HE
LOOKS NICE AND I SUPPOSE I CAN LEARN HOW TO COOK HERE. SO, WHY NOT WORK 8 HOURS A WEEK
AND SEE HOW THINGS GO. LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT WORKING
IN THAT KITCHEN WOULD TEACH ME
HOW TO SOCIALIZE WITH PEOPLE. TO WORK IN TEAMS.
AND HAVE A BETTER SENSE OF TIME MANAGEMENT AND
ACCOUNTABILITY. LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT MARK
WOULD BE THE ONE TO HELP ME LAND
AN INTERNSHIP HERE. APPARENTLY MARK LIKED MY GOOD
ATTITUDE AND PUT IN A GOOD WORD
FOR ME. AND SO, I WAS GIVEN A CHANCE TO
INTERN UNDER THE MANAGEMENT TEAM.
THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE, I REALIZED THAT WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT PUTTING OURSELVES OUT
THERE TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND
AMONG THE MANY PEOPLE WE WILL MEET IN OUR LIVES, WE JUST NEVER
KNOW WHO WILL BE THE ONES TO
HELP US ALONG THE WAY. I HAVE KNOWN
GETTING THE INTERNSHIP WOULD BE A
REQUIREMENT AND I WAS REALLY
EXCITED TO BE GIVEN A SHOT AT THIS PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
INTERNSHIP. BECAUSE, HONESTLY SPEAKING, I
MESSED UP MY PHONE INTERVIEW.
THE QUESTION THAT CAUGHT ME OFF
GUARD WAS, WHERE DO YOU SEE
YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?
MY MIND HAD GONE BLANK AND I
SAID, I SEE MYSELF WORKING IN A
PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT OFFICE FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M AND THE INTERVIEWER LAUGHED.
I WAS SO DISAPPOINTED WITH
MYSELF AND THOUGHT I HAD LOST SUCH A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.
A WEEK LATER, I GOT A PHONE CALL
TO GO FOR THE SECOND ROUND INTERVIEW. AND, THIS TIME,
I PREPARED AHEAD OF TIME.
AND I GOT IT. I LEARNED SO MUCH
FROM EVERYONE AT THE COMPANY.
ABOUT PEOPLE’S JOB SKILLS, ABOUT
HAVING MUTUAL RESPECT.
AND ABOUT BEING ADAPTABLE TO SUDDEN CHANGES, THROUGH THE
INTERNSHIP, I REALIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF
PORTRAYING SELF-CONFIDENCE AND PAYING
ATTENTION TO EVEN THE TINIEST DETAILS, BECAUSE, YOUR WORK
REFLECTS THE KIND OF PERSON YOU ARE. JUST LIKE HOW STUDENTS ARE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD IN GETTING
US READY FOR THE WORKING WORLD. ALL OF
US HERE, PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND TEACHERS, HAVE
SOME COME A LONG WAY TO SEE US
GRADUATE, THROUGH THIS LITTLE PART OF OUR JOURNEY IN LIFE AND
I’M SURE THE UPS AND DOWNS IN
THIS JOURNEY MAKE THIS EXPERIENCE SO MEANINGFUL TO US.
TO ANSWER MYSELF FROM FIVE YEARS AGO, HERE I AM, NOW, STANDING
BEFORE ALL OF YOU, AS A
CONFIDENT INDIVIDUAL. AND I HAVE THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS AND MY BOSSES, MARK,
TIM, JORDAN AND ANDY TO THANK.
IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE REQUIREMENT I
WOULD NOT HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW AROUND
EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE HERE. IF IT WEREN’T FOR LECTURERS,
WHOA WOULD RESPOND TO YOU EVEN ON WEEKENDS I WOULDN’T BE
STANDING HERE, GRADUATING TODAY. LOOKING BACK AT MY FIVE YEARS, I
REALLY AM AMAZED BY THE
INCLUSIVITY IN IOWA.
BE IT IN THE KITCHEN, OFFICE, OR EVEN IN CLASS.
EVERYONE WAS JUST SO OPEN TO
SHARING THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND GIVING THAT TO SOMEONE THEY BARELY KNEW AND I BELIEVE THAT
WAS THE ESSENCE OF MY IOWA EXPERIENCE.
I CAN NOW PROUDLY TELL EVERYONE
THAT I CHOSE IOWA BECAUSE OF ITS PEOPLE.
AND I BELIEVE THAT ALL OF US
GRADUATING TODAY CAN ATTEST TO THIS.
WHEN I SAY THAT NEVER IN OUR
LIVES HAVE WE EVER BEEN PROUDER
TO BE PART OF THE HAWKEYE FAMILY. TO CALL OURSELVES HAWKEYES.
THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, SIN YEE.
XIN YIE. AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE
TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS FOR THEIR
HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENT.
EACH YEAR, DELTA SIGMA PI AWARDS THE SCHOLARSHIP KEY TO THE
GRADUATING SENIOR WITH THE HIGHEST GRADE POINT AVERAGE:
THIS YEAR’S AWARD IS PRESENTED
TO COLE GROSSMAN, WHO IS RECEIVING A BBA IN FINANCE AND
ACCOUNTING. [APPLAUSE] CONGRATULATIONS,
KROLL. COLE.
THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AWARDS DEGREES WITH HIGHEST
DISTINCTION TO STUDENTS IN THE
HIGHEST TWO PERCENT OF THE GRADUATING CLASS, WITH HIGH
DISTINCTION TO STUDENTS IN THE
NEXT THREE PERCENT AND WITH DISTINCTION TO
STUDENTS IN THE NEXT HIGHEST FIVE PERCENT.
DISTINCTION IS DESIGNATED BY
GOLD STARS WORN ON THE LEFT
SLEEVE. THREE STARS INDICATE GRADUATION
WITH HIGHEST DISTINCTION.
TWO, WITH HIGH DISTINCTION. AND ONE, WITH DISTINCTION.
AS I CALL EACH GROUP OF
STUDENTS, PLEASE RISE TO BE RECOGNIZED.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY,
I WOULD ASK THAT YOU HOLD YOUR
APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL THE STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH DISTINCTION HAVE
BEEN RECOGNIZED. WILL THOSE GRADUATING WITH
HIGHEST DISTINCTION PLEASE STAND. WILL THOSE GRADUATING WITH HIGH
DISTINCTION PLEASE STAND. AND WILL THOSE GRADUATING WITH
DISTINCTION PLEASE STAND. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING
THESE STUDENTS. [APPLAUSE]>>THEY WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED
INDIVIDUALLY DURING THE PRESENTATION OF THE GRADUATES. MEMBERSHIP IN BETA GAMMA SIGMA IS THE HIGHEST RECOGNITION A
BUSINESS STUDENT CAN EARN.
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP, STUDENT’S INDIVIDUAL
ACADEMIC RANKING MUST PLACE THEM IN THE
UPPER 10% OF THE JUNIOR CLASS OR
IN THE UPPER 10% OF THE SENIOR CLASS.
STUDENTS GRADUATING AS MEMBERS OF BETA GAMMA SIGMA WEAR ROYAL
BLUE AND GOLD CORDONS DRAPED
OVER THEIR SHOULDERS. WILL THE STUDENTS GRADUATING AS
MEMBERS OF BETA GAMMA SIGMA PLEASE STAND. CONGRATULATIONS. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE STUDENTS WHO ARE GRADUATING IN THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS WITH HONORS. STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH HONORS IN
THEIR MAJOR BY ACHIEVING A 3.50
GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND WRITING A THESIS RELEVANT
TO THEIR ACADEMIC INTEREST OR MAJOR.
STUDENTS MAY ALSO GRADUATE WITH
UNIVERSITY HONORS BY COMPLETING 12 SEMESTER HOURS OF HONORS
COURSE WORK AND UNDERTAKING
SIGNIFICANT HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES, INCLUDING
RESEARCH, STUDY ABROAD AND INTERNSHIPS.
STUDENTS GRADUATING WITH HONORS
WEAR WHITE CORDONS DRAPED OVER
THEIR SHOULDERS AND THEY WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS WELL, DURING THE
PRESENTATION OF THE GRADUATES. WILL THOSE STUDENTS GRADUATING
WITH HONORS, PLEASE STAND. CONGRATULATIONS.
[APPLAUSE] THIS YEAR, WE ALSO
RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WHO UNDERTOOK
MULTIPLE HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCES THROUGH OUR TIPPIE RISE PROGRAM.
THOSE STUDENTS ARE NAMED IN THE INSERT IN YOUR COMMENCEMENT
PROGRAM. THANK YOU.>>WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR THE
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION PLEASE RISE. VICE PRESIDENT SHIVERS, THESE
CANDIDATES HAVE COMPLETED THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. AND ARE RECOMMENDED TO YOU BY
THE FACULTY OF THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
FOR THE CONFERRING OF THE DEGREE. ON RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY
OF THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF
BUSINESS, AND BY THE AUTHORITY
VESTED IN ME, BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS, STATE OF IOWA, I CONFER ON EACH OF YOU THE DEGREE
BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AS QUALIFIED AND
DESIGNATED. [APPLAUSE]>>WILL THE
GRADUATES PLEASE BE SEATED.
DR. KEN BROWN, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS AND
PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT AND
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DR. JOYCE BERG, PROFESSOR OF ACCOUNTING
WILL NOW RECOGNIZE THE GRADUATES
INDIVIDUALLY. WILL THE MARSHALS PLEASE BEGIN
LEADING THE GRADUATES FORWARD TO BE RECOGNIZED.>>THE CANDIDATES TO GRADUATE. WILL EACH OF YOU NOW MARK —
THANK YOU. WILL EACH OF YOU NOW MARK YOUR
NEW STATUS BY TURNING THE TASSEL
OF YOUR CAP FROM THE RIGHT SIDE TO THE LEFT SIDE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>WE CONGRATULATE EACH AND
EVERY ONE OF YOU. GRADUATES… GRADUATES, TODAY MARKS A
PERSONAL MILESTONE IN YOUR LIVES. SINCE YOU ARRIVED ON CAMPUS EACH OF YOU HAVE WORKED EXTREMELY
HARD TOWARD A GOAL AND YOU HAVE
REACHED IT TODAY. WEARING YOUR CAP AND GOWN,
WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE, AND
RECEIVING YOUR DEGREE FROM THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS.
AS YOU MADE PROGRESS TOWARDS
YOUR DEGREE, EACH YEAR YOU FACED MANY CHALLENGES, YOU MADE
DISCOVERIES ABOUT YOURSELF AND
OTHERS, AND YOU GREW INTO LEADERS. WHO WILL MAKE
A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE, WE FEEL YOUR PRIDE
WITH THESE INDIVIDUALS.
BECAUSE YOU ALSO SHOULD BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP
THEM ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOALS. YOUR GUIDANCE, YOUR
UNDERSTANDING, AND YOUR COMPASSION AND FAITH IN THEIR ABILITIES. THAT HAS BEEN
CRITICAL TO THEIR SUCCESS. FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO HELP
THESE GRADUATES, WE THANK YOU.
THANK THE PEOPLE OUT IN THE AUDIENCE, WHO HELPED YOU GET HERE TODAY, GRADUATES.
[APPLAUSE]>>SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO THE MOMS
AS WELL. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] .
>>THERE YOU GO. OKAY. JUST A FEW THOUGHTS
AND THEN WE ARE DONE.
AS YOU GRADUATE TODAY, YOUR MIND IS FLOODED WITH IMAGES AND
MEMORIES AND EMOTIONS, YET, AS
YOU LEAVE THE TIPPIE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS, YOU WILL
TAKE WITH YOU SOME POWERFUL AND POSITIVE
ATTRIBUTES OF YOUR DEGREE FROM
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. THE FIRST IS PRIDE. PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE
RECEIVED A DEGREE FROM ONE OF AMERICA’S LEADING UNIVERSITIES. AS YOU ENTER THE WORKPLACE, YOU
WILL DISCOVER THAT WHAT YOU HAVE
LEARNED HERE AT IOWA RIVALS THE BEST BUSINESS SCHOOL EDUCATION
IN THE COUNTRY. THE SECOND IS WORK ETHIC.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK.
AS TIPPIE STUDENTS, YOU
DEMONSTRATED YOUR WORK ETHIC DAILY.
AS GRADUATES, TAKE THIS ETHIC
WITH YOU AS YOU ENTER THE NEXT
STAGE OF LIFE AND IT WILL SERVE YOU VERY WELL.
THE THIRD IS COMPASSION.
WHEN YOUR PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY IS OVER, REMEMBER WHAT REALLY
MAETS ARE — MATTERS ARE THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT YOU DEVELOP
AND NURTURE, THE PEOPLE WHO YOU
TOUCH AND THE LIVES THAT YOU AFFECT.
REMEMBER THOSE WHO HELPED YOU AND INFLUENCED YOU
AND PLAYED A ROLE IN YOUR SUCCESS.
WE HOPE IN THE YEARS TO COME YOU
WILL REMEMBER FONDLY YOUR TIME AT THE TIPPIE COLLEGE AND
SUPPORT THIS INSTITUTION AS GENEROUSLY AS THE ALUMNI WHO
CAME BEFORE YOU. WE ARE SO PROUD OF THE CLASS OF 2019.
OF IN ADDITION, TO BEING TALENTED ACADEMICALLY, YOU DEMONSTRATED LEADERSHIP,
COMMUNITY SPIRIT, AND A GLOBAL
SENSIBILITY. YOU ARE INDEED READY TO BE
SUCCESSFUL CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. THIS CONCLUDES TODAY’S
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY.
I ASK EVERYONE PLEASE REMAIN SEATED FOR THE RECESSIONAL.
THE PLATFORM PARTY WILL FIRST EXIT FOLLOWED BY THE GRADUATES.
CONGRATULATIONS! [APPLAUSE]