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Idie Kesner, Dean, Kelley School of Business:
As dean of the Kelley School of Business, it's my honor to congratulate you on behalf of the entire Kelley School family on your achievement. The last two years have presented us with new challenges, but you have persisted and reached this moment. I'm very proud of you. And so too are the other members of the Kelley faculty and staff. More importantly, you should be proud of yourself for reaching this important milestone.
Whatever lies ahead, I can tell you that your Kelley experience and the tenacity and perseverance you've shown makes you better prepared to meet the future challenges head-on. If you look back through history, you'll find that in most cases, a time of strife or crisis was followed by a period of growth, innovation, and rejuvenation. Even when things look their bleakest, there'll be signs of hope and optimism.
It's at times like this that seizing the moments of opportunity can create lasting career momentum. Whether you're an entrepreneur with a small business, a professional working in a global corporation, or something in-between, you'll be called on to find solutions to overcome the challenges we face: economic challenges, social injustice, climate change, and much more. There's so much we can and must do in our roles as business professionals to heal our communities, our nation, and our world.
You've earned your degree from a top-tier business school that has a reputation and tradition of innovation, hard work, and respect. You're joining a vast alumni network, more than 124,000 strong. Kelleys can be found working, innovating, and making a difference across the globe. Those before you have used their diverse backgrounds, wide range of experiences, and unique talents and voices to serve others. And as our newest alums, I know you'll do the same.
Kelley values are built on teamwork, collaboration, and support of each other, and our communities. Never have those values been more important. Whatever the challenges, it is my sincere hope that our Kelley family will stand together in speech and action to support each other, to learn from each other, and to be allies for each other. Today and every day, we must work to build a better future for all. It's at times like this that I'm reminded of the powerful words of Gandhi when he said, "Take care of this moment." This moment is special. This moment is fleeting, this moment is precious.
I urge you to take this moment to recognize the support you've received from your family, friends, mentors, and coaches. Anyone who has helped you reach this special occasion, take time to thank them. Moments like this are meant to be celebrated and shared and savored. I take comfort in knowing that even when there is uncertainty in the world, one thing about the Kelley School will remain constant. Our graduates have the talent to succeed, the humility to grow, and the tenacity to persevere. We want you to take that talent, that humility, and that tenacity and make the world a better place going forward. We have faith in you. We know you'll roll up your sleeves and do what needs to be done because you're a Kelley. Thank you for making the Kelley School part of your journey. Congratulations and best of luck to you.
Now, it's my pleasure to introduce Rich Magjuka, Chair of Kelley's Executive Degree Programs, the Fred G. Steingraber Chair in Distributed Education and Associate Professor of Business Administration.
Rich Magjuka, Faculty Chair, Executive Degree Programs:
Welcome to the Kelley School of Business Executive Degree Program graduation ceremony. On behalf of the faculty and the staff of EDP and our alums, congratulations. Attaining this goal of receiving a graduate degree from the Kelley School of Business is no little feat. You should be very proud. I know I'm very proud of you.
It is very difficult to pursue a degree while continuing with all of your other responsibilities. There's work, there's family, there's community. There's so many responsibilities that you have to juggle while pursuing a rigorous, difficult graduate degree program. It represents a goal that you set out to attain years ago and you have done it. You have attained this goal. And for that, you should be proud.
And those who have helped you should share in your success because I know that none of you were able to attain this goal on your own. You attained this goal under very stressful situation. That is, almost all of you decided to begin this graduate program in the midst of a once-in-a-century pandemic. So you already had all types of responsibilities, all types of stress that you were trying to handle, and the pandemic just made everything that much more difficult for all of us. Be it at work or with family or in your community. I know that it was extremely difficult to continue to persist and try to complete your plan of study under the extra pressure of the pandemic. And for that, you should be very proud. I know I am very proud of you.
At graduation events like this, it is traditional for a speaker to say to the audience something to the effect of, Think about all the hours that you spend pursuing a degree, writing papers, reading, solving problems, attending Zoom sessions. Now that you've completed your program, think of all those hours that are now going to be freed up for you. What are you going to do with them? This is a traditional comment that speakers make. And of course it makes a lot of sense. You put a lot of things on the back burner.
What I would like you to think about is would it be possible for you to carve out some time out of this time that is now freed up and use it as an opportunity to deepen and express your values in action. Lord knows, if you look around, there are so many opportunities for people to do things that reflect their values. There's always another coach that could be needed for six-year-old soccer league. There's someone who could be read to at a library. There's leading a not-for-profit or an NGO that is trying to somehow improve the local community or the nation or the world. There's so much opportunity for you through your action to deepen and learn more about your values.
In the Kelley School of Business, in our EDP program, we really helped to sharpen your leadership skills. The missing piece always is leadership for what, for what purpose, for what end. I'm very confident that if you can continue to find ways to express your values in action, it will become clearer and clearer to you what that "for what" is: the reasons why people should follow you. And I think that that's an important thing to consider. And for most of us, the only way that we're ever able to deepen and strengthen our values is through action. So I hope you are able to do that amidst all the other competing claims that are on your time, anyway.
Again, I'm very proud of you. I know those who care about you are very proud of you. Congratulations on completing your plan of study and welcome to the Kelley School of Business alumni family. Thank you.
Todd McMillon, MBA'22:
Hello, everyone. My name is Todd McMillon. I want to first say thank you to the Kelley School of Business Executive Degree Program for extending the opportunity for me to share some encouraging words to so many accomplished individuals. I congratulate everyone that has made it to this point. We all know the many sacrifices we have made to participate in this program.
My words can express my gratitude to our friends and family members that have encouraged us and put up with us as we went through the program. We all have made many sacrifices, but I would like to take the time to thank our loved ones. I'm sure if they had an opportunity to speak, they will share how they are just as happy as we are because they no longer have to put up with our weekly mood swings, no more having to be quiet because class was on, and no more having to deal with our attitudes because we had an assignment due or an exam to take, those days are gone.
As I walk away from the program, I will miss a lot of things. I will miss interacting with such accomplished professors, I will miss group assignments and making new friends. I also will miss the occasional time when a child will crawl on a parent's lap during class. I will miss that a lot.
When I first started this program, I had a lot of fears and insecurities about committing to the program. I wasn't from the business world like most MBA students. I was a retired NFL athlete with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice. From the first day to my last day of class, I've been fortunate to work alongside some amazing individuals from all different walks of life. The Executive Degree Program has allowed me to build and maintain relationships that will last a lifetime.
The whole experience has been invaluable in my life. I can remember my first class, game theory. It taught me how to understand strategic actions of two or more players in a given situation containing set rules and outcomes. Then there were classes like developing strategic capabilities and personal leadership that allowed me to fall in love with reading again, but at the same time, letting me become transparent and vulnerable during our discussion in weekly posts. I learned it was okay to challenge individuals on their findings or even myself being challenged when I'll take any personal.
For years I played in the NFL and the pressure to compete with indescribable, I thought after I walked away from the game, it would be hard to replicate that feeling. But what I felt while in the program were the same pressures. Pressure not only from the coursework but also from family and work obligations. In the end, I've realized it's a privilege to have the pressure.
I would like to say congratulations to all my fellow graduates, and I wish you all the best in your upcoming endeavors.
P. Roberto Garcia, Young-Jin Kim Distinguished Clinical Professor, Clinical Professor of International Business:
Hello, Kelley Executive Degree Program, MBA, and MS students. I'm P. Roberto Garcia, Clinical Professor of International Business. Hey, it's been my pleasure to work with many of you in several international business courses. But who you are, it's the end of a long road, you've made it. Congratulations on your graduation.
You worked really hard on all your courses and we know that you've been stretched with many work obligations and lots of travel. You've given up many of your weekends and a lot of your free time, and your families have also given up a lot of valuable time with you as you worked on your coursework. By the way, please don't forget to thank your family members, workmates, and anybody who made your degree possible. I think they will really appreciate it.
So we know it's been a long and difficult journey, but we also know it's going to pay off. So well done. Congratulations again and Go Hoosiers.
Ellie Mafi-Kreft, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Economics:
Congratulation, Kelley grads. From Bloomington to wherever you are around the world, we wish you the very best.
Steven F. Kreft, Clinical Professor of Business Economics:
That's right, Kelley grads, we are confident that you are well-equipped for whatever journey lies ahead. We congratulate you and we wish you all the success in the world.
Kerem Kakirer, Senior Lecturer, Business Economics and Public Policy:
Dear Kelley students, this is Kerem Cakirer. I celebrate you for your accomplishments. You have been diligent, worked so hard and achieved success. Personally, I'm proud of you excelling this elite degree program. I wish you very best in your future, in your work, in life. Congratulations on your graduation from moment to momentum.
John David Hill, Grant Thornton Scholar; Clinical Associate Professor, Operations & Decision Technologies
Hi, this is John Hill. I wanted to send a quick note of congratulations to all of our graduates this year. Great job. I know it's a lot of hard work, especially when you've got a job, maybe a family, trying to get the graduate degree done. It's been a long haul for some of you, but your perseverance has paid off. I really hope that everything you've learned in this program is going to help you get your career to that next step where you're headed.
A special shoutout to my C535 students, I really enjoyed having in the class. Don't hesitate to keep in contact with me. Let me know how it's going. Let me know what you're doing with the material learned in class. Always looking, for example, to share with my students. And if I can help you out with anything, I'm eager to do so as well. So again, congratulations on this great accomplishment to be very proud of yourself. I know we're proud of you here at Kelley.
Usha Venkataramanan, Executive Director, Executive Degree Programs:
Hello, graduates. You made it to the finish line. Congratulations from your team EDP. Best wishes and stay in touch with us.
Watch the Graduate Recognition Video
We’re proud of you and excited to recognize your achievements. Join Kelley School of Business Dean Idalene “Idie” Kesner, faculty and staff for the Executive Degree Programs, and your peers as we celebrate your hard work and future as Kelley alumni.
The featured speaker is Todd McMillon, who is receiving his Master of Business Administration. In the video, you'll enjoy more congratulatory messages from:
- Richard J. Magjuka, EDP Faculty Chair and Fred G. Steingraber Chair in Distributed Education
- Karem Cakier, PhD, Senior Lecturer, Business Economics & Public Policy
- P. Roberto Garcia, PhD, Clinical Professor of International Business
- John DavidHill, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, Operations & Decisions Technologies
- Steven F. Kreft, PhD, Clinical Professor of Business Economics
- Ellie Mafi-Kreft, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Economics
- Usha Venkataramanan, EDP Executive Director