Business Administration | Spring Commencement 2018

>>> IN 1865 KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HELD ITS FIRST COMMENCEMENT. THREE WOMEN AND TWO MEN GRADUATED THAT YEAR. AS THE FIRST LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY IN THE NATION THE UNIVERSITY HAD A VISION OF PROVIDING INNOVATIVE EDUCATION TO ALL PEOPLE. THAT EARLY VISION HAS CONTINUED THROUGH TO THE PRESENT WITH OVER 250 MAJORS AND A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY, INCLUDING STUDENTS FROM ALL 50 STATES AND MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES. BECOMING ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP 50 PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES BY 2025 IS THE VISION FOR TOMORROW. WITH ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION AND PROFESS SORES WHO ARE IN THEIR FIELD, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN TEACHING, LEARNING, SERVICE AND RESEARCH. TODAY’S GRADUATES JOIN OVER 200,000 ALUMNI WHO ARE PROUD TO CALL K-STATE THEIR ALMA MATER. CONGRATULATIONS, AND THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORTED THEM THROUGH THEIR UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. ♪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 THRU THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪O’ER 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 ♪O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE >> THANK YOU, KANE, THAT IS AMAZING. PLEASE BE SEATED. BEFORE WE PROCEED WITH YOUR PROGRAM I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE MEMBERS OF THE PLATFORM PARTY. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL I INTRODUCE THE ENTIRE PLATFORM PARTY. BEGINNING FROM MY FAR LEFT WE HAVE: DR. BRETT WILKINSON, HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING DR. ERIC HIGGINS, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES MS. BENTE JANDA, ASSISTANT DEAN FOR STUDENT SUCCESS DR. STACY KOVAR, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION MS. CANDY DUNCAN, COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DR.CHWEN SHEU, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS DR. DAWNE MARTIN, ASSISTANT DEAN FOR DIVERSITY MS. CELESTE BARTELS, CBA OUTSTANDING SENIOR MR. DAVID LEHMAN, INSTRUCTOR, DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING MR. ZACHARY CASE, CBA STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER DR. CHAD JACKSON, DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP DR. ESTHER SWILLEY, HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING MS. AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING OUR COMMENCEMENT MARSHALS MS. EMILY BRUESEKE, DR. DONITA WHITNEY-BAMMERLIN, MS. LINDSEY CORDILL AND MS. ASHLEY THOMAS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SERVICE AS COMMENCEMENT MARSHALS. GRADUATES, TODAY IS A WONDERFUL DAY OF CELEBRATION FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. I AM PRIVILEGED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THIS SPECIAL OCCASION WITH YOU AND GRATEFUL FOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO ARE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS SPECIAL EVENT IN YOUR LIVES, AN EVENT THAT MARKS THE CULMINATION OF YEARS OF HARD WORK AND SACRIFICE IN THE PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE, A MEANINGFUL CAREER, AND A PROMISING FUTURE. NO ONE IS HAPPIER OR PROUDER OF YOUR EDUCATIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAN THE LOVED ONES GATHERED HERE TODAY. I WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT YOUR FAMILIES HAVE PROVIDED FOR YOUR SUCCESS. WOULD THE PARENTS, SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF OUR GRADUATES PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED? I KNOW THAT MANY OF OUR FAMILIES HERE TODAY ARE CELEBRATING A FAMILY TRADITION AS A NEW GENERATION JOINS THE RANKS OF K-STATE ALUMNI. WOULD ALL THOSE PRESENT TODAY WHO HOLD DEGREES FROM KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY PLEASE STAND FOR US TO HONOR EACH FAMILY’S WILDCAT LEGACY? THANK YOU. ALTHOUGH WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE GRADUATES, WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACULTY AND STAFF WHO HAVE WORKED WITH OUR GRADUATES IN COMPLETING THEIR STUDIES. IN HONOR OF THE FACULTY AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF WHO HAVE SERVED YOU WITH SUCH DEDICATION, I ASK YOU, GRADUATES, TO PLEASE STAND AND APPLAUD THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR SUCCESS. THANK YOU. I AM PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE SEVERAL FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS NAMED AS THE RECIPIENTS OF PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS THIS SEMESTER. PLEASE STAND WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME. MS. J.J. BROTTON, INSTRUCTOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MARKETING, IS A 2018 RECIPIENT OF THE K-STATE COMMERCE BANK AND W.T. KEMPER FOUNDATION OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD. DR. SABUHI SARDARLI, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FINANCE, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE RALPH REITZ OUTSTANDING TEACHING AWARD; DR. HARDY JOHNSON, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FINANCE, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE CBA DEVELOPING SCHOLAR AWARD; AND MS. REBECCA GOULD, CAREER COACH, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE KANSAS STATE BANK OUTSTANDING ADVISING AWARD. MS. SUZANNE AUTEN, DIRECTOR OF MS. CLAUDIA LEADS IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SUPPORT STAFF PERSON OF THE YEAR. MS. SUZANNE AUTEN, DIRECTOR OF THE PROFESSIONAL MBA PROGRAM, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE K-STATE GLOBAL CAMPUS OUTSTANDING ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE AWARD WINNERS! WE HAVE TWO GRADUATES WHO RECEIVED UNIVERSITY-WIDE AWARDS ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP, AND COMMUNITY SERVICE. AS I CALL YOUR NAME, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED: BRYAN DAVIS, THE RECIPIENT OF THE ANDERSON SENIOR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP, AND MARY ABOUNABHAN, THE TONY JURICH COMMUNITY COMMITMENT AND LEADERSHIP AWARD. BOTH ARE ALSO RECIPIENT OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARD. ALSO RECIPIENTS OF THE DEAN OF STUDENT OUTSTANDING LIFE AWARD ARE TRENDTON KENNEDY AND GABRIEL RIGGS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THESE GRADUATES. ONE SPECIAL GROUP OF GRADUATES WHO HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COLLEGE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AS A BUSINESS AMBASSADOR WHILE AN UNDERGRADUATE. WOULD THOSE WHO SERVED AS A BUSINESS AMBASSADOR PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. THANK YOU. WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RICHARD MYERS, PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT APRIL MASON, AND PRESIDENT OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AMY BUTTON RENZ JOIN US TODAY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. NOW, IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR TO INTRODUCE OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, MS. CANDY DUNCAN, CLASS OF ’81. — CLASS OF 1975. CANDY WAS RAISED ON A FARM, STUDIED ACCOUNTING AT K-STATE AND ROSE THROUGH THE RANKS PUBLIC ACCOUNTING TO SERVE AS MANAGING PARTNER OF METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON, DC, KPMG LLP FROM 2009 UNTIL 2013. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO LEAD THE WASHINGTON METRO OFFICE. DURING HER TENURE, THE WASHINGTON METRO OFFICE WAS AMONG KPMG’S FASTEST GROWING AREAS IN THE US. SHE CHAIRED BOTH THE FIRM’S NOMINATING COMMITTEE AND THE PARTNERSHIP AND EMPLOYER OF CHOICE COMMITTEE. IN HER VARIOUS ROLES AT KPMG, SHE WAS THE LEAD PARTNER FOR MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AND U.S. COMPANIES, INCLUDING VOLKSWAGEN, CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE, AND DOLLAR TREE STORES, GAINING EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN ASSISTING CLIENTS WITH RESOLVING COMPLEX ACCOUNTING AND OPERATIONAL ISSUES. CANDY COMPILED MORE THAN 35 — MORE THAN 38 YEARS AS A PROFESSIONAL WITH KPMG. SHE BECAME A PARTNER AT KPMG IN 1997 AND IN 1998 WAS NAMED AUDIT PARTNER-IN-CHARGE FOR VIRGINIA, WHERE SHE SERVED FOR 10 YEARS. SHE SERVED ON KPMG’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS FROM 2009 UNTIL HER RETIREMENT IN 2013. CANDY CURRENTLY SERVES AS DIRECTOR OF DISCOVER BANK, DFS SERVICES LLC, AND FTD. SHE HAS BEEN A DIRECTOR AT TELEFLEX INCORPORATED SINCE MAY 1, 2015. AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF HER LOCAL COMMUNITY, SHE WAS A BOARD MEMBER AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE ECONOMIC CLUB OF WASHINGTON, BOARD OF TRADE. SHE IS AN OFFICER OF THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL, AS WELL AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CORPORATE DIRECTORS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S FORUM, C200, AND WOMEN CORPORATE DIRECTORS. SHE WAS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE 2014 AND 2015 LEUKEMIA BALLS AND WAS CHAIR OF THE 2012 HEART BALL FOR THE WASHINGTON REGION AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. SHE WAS NAMED TO WASHINGTON MAGAZINES TOP 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN LIST IN 2010, 2011, AND 2012. AS A SUCCESSFUL ALUMNAE, CANDY SERVES ON THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL AND IS A MEMBER OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ADVISORY BOARD. CANDY EARNED A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, IN ACCOUNTING FROM KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. DURING HER UNDERGRADUATE CAREER ON CAMPUS, CANDY WAS VERY INVOLVED. SHE WAS A RESIDENCE ASSISTANT, A MEMBER OF CHIMES, A MEMBER OF MORTAR BOARD, AND SERVED IN SEVERAL OTHER UNIVERSITY STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING CANDY DUNCAN AS OUR SPRING 2018 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. WOW!! CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU!! WHAT AN IMPRESSIVE GROUP OF GRADUATES!! THANK YOU, DEAN GWINNER FOR THE KIND INTRODUCTION AND ALL OF YOU FOR GIVING ME THE HONOR OF SPEAKING TODAY. WHAT A PRIVILEGE TO BE HERE WITH PRESIDENT MYERS, PROVOST MASON AND THE OTHER DIGNITARIES. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT IS A PLEASURE TO GAZE OUT ON THIS SEA OF YOUR PROUD, SMILING FACES! THIS SPACE IS FILLED WITH WONDERFUL FEELINGS, THE ENERGY, THE EXCITEMENT AND MORE THAN ANYTHING, THE RELIEF!! YOU ALL ARE DONE. YOU HAVE NOW ENTERED AN ELITE GROUP OF ONLY 1/3 OF AMERICANS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR COLLEGE DEGREE. I ASSUME, THAT IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, THAT DURING YOUR COLLEGE YEARS THERE MAY HAVE BEEN BUMPS ALONG THE ROAD. AND MAYBE THE PATH TOOK A TURN OR TWO. IT WASN’T ALWAYS EASY. I RECOGNIZE THAT YOU HAVE NOT WALKED THIS PATH ALONE, AND THOSE THAT LOVE YOU HAVE WALKED WITH YOU, FELLOW STUDENTS, FRIENDS, AND ESPECIALLY FAMILY MEMBERS SUPPORTED YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. THEY HAVE CELEBRATED YOUR VICTORIES, COMMISERATED WITH YOU DURING THE TOUGH TIMES, AND SHARED YOUR DREAM-AND TODAY, THAT DREAM BECOMES YOUR REALITY. SO WHATEVER PATH LIES AHEAD FOR YOU, I GUARANTEE THAT THE MEMORIES FORMED HERE WILL REMAIN VIVID FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, ONE OF THE THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ON MY OWN JOURNEY IS THE IMPORTANCE OF GRATITUDE. SO IN THE SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE, I ASK THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2018 TO STAND. ONE MORE TIME. PLEASE STAND IN RECOGNITION OF THE GENEROSITY, SACRIFICE, SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS GATHERED HERE TODAY TO HONOR YOUR ACHIEVEMENT. PLEASE TURN TO FACE THEM, AND LETS ALL APPLAUD THEM! PLEASE BE SEATED. AS YOU ENTER INTO YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE INTENTIONAL IN FINDING MENTORS AND SPONSORS THAT WILL HELP YOU ON THE NEXT PHASE OF YOUR JOURNEY. SO MANY MENTORS HAVE HELPED ME ON MY PATH. IN ADDITION, I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MENTOR SEVERAL STUDENTS FROM K-STATE AND MANY OTHERS THROUGHOUT MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO FIND THOSE MENTORS AND SPONSORS AS YOU START YOUR NEXT CHAPTER IN THE BUSINESS WORLD, AND AT THE SAME TIME TO BE A MENTOR TO OTHERS. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW MUCH YOU CAN TEACH YOUR PEERS. SOMETIMES THE PERSON THAT IS GUIDING YOU IS ALSO THE ONE YOU CAN MENTOR. I’VE EXPERIENCED THAT SO MANY TIMES AS A PARTNER. IN FACT, I WOULD OFTEN CHOOSE TO SIT NEXT TO THE NEWEST STAFF MEMBER ON THE AUDIT TEAM AND ASK THEM TO TEACH ME TWO THINGS THAT DAY. MY HOW MY TECHNOLOGY SKILLS SOARED. AS YOU FACE THE FUTURE, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NEW OPPORTUNITIES. THAT MAY BE A NEW CITY, YOUR FIRST PROFESSIONAL JOB OR STARTING AN ADVANCED DEGREE. TWO WEEKS AFTER GRADUATION, I MOVED TO KANSAS CITY, GOT MY FIRST APARTMENT AND STARTED MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER AS A BRAND NEW STAFF ACCOUNTANT. AFTER TWO WEEKS OF TRAINING, I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE AUDIT OF A VERY LARGE AIRLINE HEADQUARTERED IN KANSAS CITY, TWA NOW PART OF AMERICAN AIRLINES. I WAS TOLD I WOULD BE DOING THE AUDIT WORK FOR CASH, WHICH SHOULD TAKE ABOUT TWO WEEKS. IN ADDITION, AS THE NEWEST AND MOST JUNIOR MEMBER, I WAS ALSO TO MAKE THE COFFEE FOR THE AUDIT TEAM. AND NO, THERE WAS NOT A KEURIG, LET ALONE A STARBUCKS TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE, ONLY AN EIGHT CUP MR. COFFEE AND A LARGE RED CAN OF FOLGERS COFFEE. NOW, I HAD NEVER AUDITED CASH BEFORE, NOR MADE COFFEE-AND YES, SOMEHOW AUDITING CASH SEEMED TO BE THE EASIER OF THE TWO. MY MANAGER GAVE ME GREAT INSTRUCTIONS ON AUDITING CASH AND ALSO TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE COFFEE. WATER ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND EIGHT SCOOPS OF COFFEE IN THE FILTER. OKAY, ALL OF THIS SEEMED SIMPLE ENOUGH AND I WAS READY TO GO. I HAD JUST STARTED RECONCILING MY FIRST BANK STATEMENT WHEN SOMEONE TOLD ME, “WE NEED MORE COFFEE.” THE PRIORITY WAS CLEAR! I TOOK THE EMPTY POT TO THE RESTROOM, RINSED IT OUT AND FILLED IT WITH WATER, STARTING THE PROCESS. WATER ON THE RIGHT SIDE, EIGHT SCOOPS OF COFFEE IN THE FILTER. WELL, WITH A TWELVE-PERSON AUDIT TEAM, 10 OF WHICH DRANK COFFEE, YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW MUCH TIME I SPENT WORKING ON “CASH” THAT DAY! AFTER A TEN-HOUR DAY AND AT LEAST TEN POTS OF COFFEE, I WAS EXHAUSTED! I HAD THOUGHT THE CPA EXAM WAS HARD, BUT NOTHING LIKE TRYING TO BALANCE MY AUDIT WORK WHILE KEEPING UP WITH THE COFFEE POT. I COULD ONLY IMAGINE MY FIRST EVALUATION ON THIS JOB ASSIGNMENT, “CANDY WAS SIGNIFICANTLY OVER BUDGET ON CASH AND MAKES TERRIBLE COFFEE”. ONE OF THE THINGS I HAD LEARNED AT MY DAYS AT K-STATE WAS TO “THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX”. CLEARLY THAT WAS WHAT I NEEDED TO DO! SO DRIVING HOME THAT EVENING, I REMEMBERED THE LARGE COFFEE MACHINES, I HAD SEEN USED HUNDREDS OF TIMES AT RECEPTIONS AT THE ANDOVER METHODIST CHURCH. AS TIRED AS I WAS, I STOPPED ON THE WAY HOME AT A K-MART, PURCHASED A 50-CUP COFFEE MACHINE AND BOUGHT A HIGH END BRAND OF COFFEE. I GOT HOME WASHED THE POT AND WAS READY TO GO! THE NEXT MORNING I WENT IN EXTRA EARLY, SET UP THE NEW COFFEE MACHINE, AND THE COFFEE WAS READY WHEN EVERYONE ELSE ARRIVED. THE AUDIT ROOM SMELLED LIKE A STARBUCKS. I WAS WORKING ON CASH WHEN MY MANAGER CAME IN. HE CHECKED OUT THE NEW COFFEE MACHINE, POURED HIMSELF A CUP OF COFFEE AND CAME DIRECTLY TO MY DESK. HE SAID, “BRILLIANT IDEA, CANDY. THE COFFEE IS EXCEPTIONAL!” HE THEN ADDED, “WE HAVE USED THAT EIGHT-CUP POT FOR OVER 10 YEARS. IT IS GREAT TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT THINKS DIFFERENTLY!” AS MY MOTHER USED TO SAY, “WHEN LIFE HANDS YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONADE”. I DIDN’T MAKE LEMONADE, BUT I EVENTUALLY MADE A MEAN POT OF COFFEE. EVERYTHING YOU DO, DO WELL IT ALL MATTERS. CASH DID GET DONE -AND YES, UNDER BUDGET AND THE 50-CUP COFFEE MACHINE ENDURED WELL BEYOND MY TWO YEARS ON THE ENGAGEMENT. IT MADE IT A LOT EASIER FOR THE FIRST YEAR ASSOCIATES FOR A LONG TIME TO FOLLOW. PERHAPS, BEING AT TWA’S HEADQUARTERS REMINDED ME OF AMELIA EARHART WHO WAS FROM ATCHISON, KANSAS. ONE OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES OF HERS IS “SOME OF US HAVE GREAT RUNWAYS BUILT FOR US. IF YOU HAVE ONE, TAKE OFF! BUT IF YOU DON’T HAVE ONE, REALIZE IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO GRAB A SHOVEL AND BUILD ONE FOR YOURSELF AND FOR THOSE WHO WILL FOLLOW AFTER YOU.” EACH OF YOU WILL BE TESTED, ALL IN DIFFERENT AND UNEXPECTED WAYS. REMEMBER ALL THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED DURING YOUR TIME HERE AT K-STATE IN YOUR BUSINESS CLASSES, FROM BILL SNYDER’S COACHING AND FOOTBALL GAMES, THE PART-TIME JOB YOU HAD IN AGGIEVILLE OR AS A RESIDENT ASSISTANT, BUT MAYBE MOST IMPORTANTLY THE RELATIONSHIPS YOU HAVE BUILT. ALL HAVE ADDED TO YOUR “TOOL BOX” FOR YOUR NEXT STEP. I’M CERTAIN WHEN I BECAME THE MANAGING PARTNER IN WASHINGTON, MANAGING PARTNER IN WASHINGTON, D.C. OTHERS WONDERED WHERE I LEARNED TO “THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX”. MAKING A POT OF COFFEE ON MY FIRST ASSIGNMENT TAUGHT ME MORE THAN I REALIZED. IT TAUGHT ME THAT I NEEDED TO APPROACH ALL TASKS, BIG AND SMALL, WITH THE SAME LEVEL OF ENERGY AND CREATIVITY. YOU NEVER KNOW WHICH OF THE ASSIGNED TASKS WILL BE THE “MOST” IMPORTANT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR. I THINK CARIBOU COFFEE’S TAG LINE SAYS IT WELL, “LIFE IS SHORT, STAY AWAKE FOR IT.” I HOPE YOU WILL! CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU, YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS! I WISH YOU ALL THE VERY BEST! AND GO CATS!! CANDY, THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATIONAL REMARKS AND FOR YOUR ELOQUENT CHALLENGE TO OUR GRADUATES. PLEASE COME BACK FORWARD AND RECEIVE A SMALL TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN TODAY’S CEREMONY. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO HAVE AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN ATTENDANCE. SHE WILL SAY A FEW WORDS ON BEHALF OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M PLEASED ALLOW ME TO JOIN THE REPRESENTING GRADUATES AND FRIENDS WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFE-LONG K-STATE FAMILY. TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE WE’RE EXCITED TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. WE ARE ALSO HERE TO WELCOME YOU INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ALMA MATER AS YOU BEGIN THIS NEW CHAPTER AS A K-STATE GRADUATE. TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE WE ARE EXCITED TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BECAUSE OUR MISSION AT THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS TO LEAD AND INSPIRE LIFE-LONG INVOLVEMENT THAT WILL BENEFIT K-STATE UNIVERSITY AND WILDCAT COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THREE OF THE CORE VALUE THAT IS GUIDE US IN OUR MISSION TO HELP KEEP YOU CONNECTED WITH K-STATE. THE FIRST VALUE IS LYNX TO PROVIDE THE LIFELONG LYNX THAT ALUMNI RELY ON. YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH HUNDREDS OF ACTIVITIES HELD ON CAMPUS, AROUND THE COUNTRY AND INTERNATIONALLY. YOU MAY HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF DOING THE WABASH OR RUBBING THE NOSE OF THE BRONZE STATUE. AS THE KEEPERS OF PRODAITIONS WE HOPE YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT THE ALUMNI CENTER TO VISIT THE WONDERFUL TRADITIONS KEPT THERE, INCLUDING A STAINED-GLASS MURAL WHICH PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE BEAUTY OF OUR STATE AND THE K-STATE CAMPUS. THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS PURPLE. FOR K-STATERS IT’S MORE THAN A COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE, CONNECTION AND FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING PURPLE OR A K-STATE CLASS RING OR SPORTING A K-STATE LICENSE PLATE YOU WILL FEEL THAT SENSE OF FAMILY. IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR GRADUATION THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ARE PROVIDING YOU WITH A ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. K-STATE ALUMNI ARE SOME OF THE MOST LOIBL IN THE NATION. OUR MEMBERSHIP RANKS IN THE TOP IN THE NATION AND NUMBER ONE IN THE BIG 12. THAT LOYALTY IS SHARED BY GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE OF THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ALSO PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU TODAY WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI BUSINESS CARD HOLDER. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND YOUR TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP US UPDATED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO CATS! THANK YOU, AMY. NEXT, IT IS MY HONOR TO PRESENT: THE OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR IN BUSINESS AWARD. THIS AWARD IS PEER-SELECTED BASED ON SERVICE TO THE COLLEGE AS AN UNDERGRADUATE, INVOLVEMENT IN THE LIFE OF THE COLLEGE, ENGAGEMENT IN THE K-STATE COMMUNITY, AND PERSONAL ACADEMIC SUCCESS. THIS SEMESTER, MS.CELESTE BARTELS IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN BUSINESS AWARD. CELESTE, PLEASE JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. CELESTE IS FROM TONGANOXIE, KANSAS AND A GRADUATE OF TONGANOXIE HIGH SCHOOL. HER PARENTS ARE MARY JO AND WERNER BARTELS. WHILE AN UNDERGRADUATE, CELESTE HAS SERVED AS A BUSINESS AMBASSADOR, A MEMBER OF THE BUSINESS HONORS PROGRAM COUNCIL, AND A STUDY-ABROAD ADVOCATE. SHE HAS BEEN AN EXCELLENT CITIZEN OF THE COLLEGE AND AN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SCHOLAR. CELESTE HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE LEADER. SHE WAS PRESIDENT OF THE CHIMES JUNIOR HONORARY A MEMBER OF SILVER KEY HORARY, AND AN INTERN REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION FOR THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS. IN ADDITION TO THESE ACTIVITIES, SHE HAS WORKED AS A TEACHING ASSISTANT FOR THE CBA SPORTS MARKETING PROGRAM TO INCLUDE TUTORING MANY OF HER PEERS. FURTHER, SHE CONDUCTED A MARKETING RESEARCH PROJECT AS AN HONORS STUDENT AND WAS SELECTED TO PRESENT HER RESEARCH TO PEERS AND EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF GLOBAL EDUCATION AT THE WORLD CONGRESS ON EDUCATION IN DUBLIN, IRELAND. SHE ACCOMPLISHED ALL THIS WHILE MAINTAINING A 4.0 GPA. SHE HAS PROVIDED EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP AND BEEN AN OUTSTANDING ROLE MODEL FOR HER PEERS DURING HER UNDERGRADUATE CAREER. PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING CELESTE ON RECEIVING THE SPRING 2018 COLLEGE OF BUSINESS OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIOR AWARD. EACH SEMESTER, THE COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF VOTE TO CHOOSE ONE STUDENT TO SPEAK AT COMMENCEMENT AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GRADUATES. THIS SEMESTER’S SPEAKER IS MR. ZACHARY CASE. ZACHARY IS THE SON OF GORDON AND JULIE CASE. HE IS FROM OLATHE, KANSAS AND A GRADUATE OF BLUE VALLEY SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER GRADUATING WITH A DOUBLE MAJOR IN ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE, HE WILL BE WORKING AS A BUSINESS ANALYST FOR DELOITTE CONSULTING OUT OF KANSAS CITY. WHILE AN UNDERGRADUATE, ZACHARY HAS SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT FINANCE ASSOCIATION AND AS A TUTOR FOR FINANCE 450 CLASSES. HE WORKED FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS IN THE K-STATE ATHLETICS ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT AND INTERNED IN THE SUMMER OF 2017 WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF KANSAS CITY. ZACH WAS A MEMBER OF WINNING COMPETITIVE TEAMS FOR THE PHILLIPS 66 ETHICS CASE COMPETITION AND THE GATES CAPITAL STOCK PITCH. HE WAS ALSO A BUSINESS AMBASSADOR AND A MEMBER OF THE DEAN’S STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL. HE WAS THE INVESTMENT CLUB CO-PRESIDENT AND THE TREASURER FOR HIS FRATERNITY, DELTA CHI. ZACHARY, IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE YOU AS THE SPRING 2018 STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. GOOD AFTERNOON SPRING CLASS OF 2018. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO JOIN THE LONG LIST OF PEOPLE WHO WILL TELL YOU ALL CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS SPECIAL DAY. WE’VE REACHED A MILESTONE THAT SHOULD BE CELEBRATED, AND I HOPE YOU ALL TAKE A SECOND TO APPRECIATE WHAT YOU’VE DONE. THE DEGREES CONFERRED TO US AS WE WALK ACROSS THE STAGE TODAY SIGNAL TO THE WORLD THAT WE ARE TECHNICALLY SOUND. FOR SOME OF US, OUR DEGREE SHOWS THAT WE UNDERSTAND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, EITHER HOW TO CONSTRUCT THEM OR HOW TO READ THEM. FOR OTHERS, THE DEGREE SHOWS THAT WE UNDERSTAND EFFECTIVE MARKETING, SALES AND PROMOTION TECHNIQUES. OTHERS DISPLAY AN UNDERSTANDING OF INFORMATION SYSTEMS, CODING, NETWORKING, AND DATA MANAGEMENT. FINALLY, SOME DEGREES SHOW AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW TO MANAGE BUSINESS OPERATIONS OF EITHER A SELF-STARTED BUSINESS OR LONG-STANDING CORPORATION. THESE TECHNICAL SKILLS ARE VALUABLE, AND WILL SERVE US WELL AS WE ENTER THE BUSINESS WORLD, BUT LET’S BE CAREFUL NOT TO FORGET THE OTHER, LESS-TECHNICAL LESSONS WE’VE LEARNED THROUGHOUT OUR TIME AS UNDERGRADUATES AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. LATE NIGHTS IN THE BUSINESS BUILDING HAVE TAUGHT US THAT PERSEVERANCE AND SACRIFICE CAN PRODUCE GREAT RESULTS FOR DAUNTING TASKS. DREADED GROUP WORK HAS SHOWN US THAT, OCCASIONALLY, WE MAY HAVE TO PULL MORE THAN OUR FAIR SHARE OF THE WORK IN ORDER TO COMPLETE AN ASSIGNMENT. OTHER GROUP ASSIGNMENTS HAVE SHOWN US THE VALUE-ADD THAT CAN BE DERIVED FROM TEAMWORK. EVENTS LIKE THE KSUNITE WALK HAVE REMINDED US TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND TO ALWAYS BE A POSITIVE FORCE FOR CHANGE IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE’VE SEEN COUNTLESS STUDENT-LEAD PHILANTHROPIES THAT EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF GIVING BACK, AND WE’VE BENEFITED FROM GENEROUS ALUMNI THAT HAVE GIVEN BACK TO US. IT IS THESE ADDITIONAL, LESS TECHNICAL LESSONS THAT SHAPE THE TYPE OF PERSON WE WILL BE GOING FORWARD. DEFINE THE EMPLOYEE OR STUDENT THEY CONTINUE TO BE. IT IS OUR CONTINUED EFFORT TOWARD SOFT-SKILLS, HOWEVER, THAT WILL DEFINE US AS A PERSON. FOR THIS REASON, I’D LIKE TO TAKE JUST A MINUTE OR TWO TO REFLECT ON A COUPLE OF THE MOST POWERFUL PIECES OF ADVICE THAT I’VE BEEN GIVEN OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. THE FIRST, AND THIS WILL COME AS NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME WELL, COMES FROM PROFESSOR HENDRIX. ON HIS FIRST DAY OF CLASS, HE REMINDS STUDENTS THAT THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO, “BE WHERE THEY ARE.” THE PHRASE SOUNDS SO SIMPLE, BUT IT IS SO MUCH HARDER THAN IT SEEMS. WE HAVE ALL SAT IN MEETINGS WE BELIEVED SHOULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED OVER E-MAIL AND CLASSES THAT WE FELT WERE UNNECESSARY. IN THESE TIMES, IT IS TOO EASY TO ESCAPE TO OUR PHONES INTO THE WORLD OF TEXT MESSAGES, SOCIAL MEDIA, E-MAIL, OR GAMES. BY DOING THIS, HOWEVER, WE BECOME PASSIVE PARTICIPANTS IN OUR ENVIRONMENT. WITH THE SKILLS AND TALENT YOU ALL HAVE, BEING A PASSIVE PARTICIPANT IS UNACCEPTABLE. ONLY BY TRULY ENGAGING THOSE AROUND US CAN WE GAIN THE MOST FROM OUR INTERACTIONS. AS DIFFICULT AS IT MAY BE TO LEAVE OUR PHONES IN OUR POCKETS OR CLOSE OUR LAPTOPS, I WOULD CHALLENGE ALL OF US TO BE JUST A LITTLE BETTER ABOUT “BEING WHERE WE ARE.” LET THE WORLD SEE WHAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE ARE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS IN THE CONVERSATION. THE SECOND OF THESE LESSONS CAME ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO AS I ATTENDED A PHILANTHROPY EVENT. IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THOSE STRESSFUL WEEKS WHEN THE EXAM-CYCLE SEEMED NEVER-ENDING AND EVERY GROUP PROJECT THAT HAD EVER BEEN ASSIGNED CAME DUE ALL AT ONCE. THERE I WAS, CAUGHT UP IN HOW BUSY MY LIFE BEEN OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS WHEN I HEARD THE GUEST SPEAKER AT THE EVENT SAY THE PHRASE: “ADVERSITY IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, BUT STRESS IS WHAT YOU DO TO YOURSELF.” THE POINT HE SO ELOQUENTLY MADE WAS ABOUT ATTITUDE. EVERY DAY, WE SHOULD EXPECT TO FIELD NEW CHALLENGES. SOMETIMES WE’LL FEEL AS THOUGH THERE SIMPLY ISN’T ENOUGH TIME IN THE DAY. THE TIMING OR DIFFICULTY OF THESE CHALLENGES WILL OFTEN BE OUT OF OUR CONTROL, BUT OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD THEM IS ENTIRELY OUR DECISION TO MAKE. MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE WILL MAKE US MORE PLEASANT PEOPLE TO BE AROUND, AND MAY EVEN ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO LEND US A HELPING HAND. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THERE IS AN INCREASING DESIRE TO WEAR STRESS AS A BADGE. IF EVERYONE KNOWS HOW STRESSED WE ARE, THAT WE ONLY SLEPT A FEW HOURS EACH OF THE PAST FEW NIGHTS, AND THAT WE DRANK SEVEN CUPS OF COFFEE JUST TO KEEP OUR EYES OPEN, MAYBE THEY’LL BE IMPRESSED. I WOULD ARGUE THAT PRODUCING RESULTS WHILE MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE IS A MORE IMPRESSIVE FEAT BY FAR. IF WE ARE ABLE TO LIVE BY THESE FIRST TWO RULES A LITTLE BETTER, THEN THE THIRD LESSON IS VERY EASY TO FOLLOW. I HOPE THAT WE CAN ALL SPEND A LITTLE MORE TIME ENJOYING THE PRESENT. WE’VE SPENT THE PAST FEW YEARS AWAITING THE WEEKEND, OR SPRING BREAK, OR GRADUATION, OR STARTING OUR JOBS. BEING FORWARD LOOKING IS GREAT, BUT CAN OFTEN FORCE US TO FORGET ABOUT RIGHT NOW. SO TAKE TODAY AND ENJOY WHAT YOU’VE ALL ACCOMPLISHED. THE NEXT CHAPTER OF OUR LIVES IS RAPIDLY APPROACHING, SO LET’S BE SURE TO READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THIS CHAPTER BEFORE TURNING THE PAGE. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU. I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS FAMILY, AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE INCREDIBLE FUTURE AHEAD OF ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU SH ZACH, AS A TOKEN OF OUR PRESENTATION WE HAVE A PLAQUE RECOGNIZING ZACH AS OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER FOR THE STUDENTS THIS YEAR. WE ARE NOW READY TO PRESENT THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FOR THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION. WILL THE CANDIDATES FOR BACHELOR DEGREES FROM THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION PLEASE RISE AND REMAIN STANDING. PRESIDENT MYERS, ON BEHALF OF THE FACULTY OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT TO YOU THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION CLASS OF SPRING 2018. THANK YOU, DEAN GWINNER. BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, AND UPON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE FACULTY, AND COMPLETION OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS, I AM PLEASED TO CONFER UPON YOU, THE GRADUATING CLASS OF SPRING 2018, THE DEGREE YOU HAVE EARNED AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. YOU MAY NOW MOVE THE TASSEL TO THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR MORTARBOARD. CONGRATULATIONS. PLEASE BE SEATED. WILL THE GRADUATES PLEASE RISE AND APPROACH THE STAGE WHEN THE MARSHAL REACHES YOUR ROW, AND WILL THE MARSHALS GO TO THE END OF THE STAGE TO GREET YOUR GRADUATES. CANAL DATES — CANDIDATES FOR BACHELOR OF ADMINISTRATION IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP: [READING GRADUATE NAMES] [READING GRADUATE NAMES] [READING GRADUATE NAMES] [READING GRADUATE NAMES] [READING GRADUATE NAMES] [READING GRADUATE NAMES] [READING GRADUATE NAMES] ÑG■ [READING GRADUATE NAMES] GRADUATE, IT HAS BEEN THE PRIVILEGE OF THE COLLEGE OF ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF TO WORK WITH YOU OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU. LET US RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THESE GRADUATES ONE MORE TIME. WE MUST ASK THE AUDIENCE TO REMAIN SEATED UNTIL THE PLATFORM PARTY AND GRADUATES HAVE EXITED THE COLISEUM. YOU ARE WELCOME TO MEET IN THE CONCOURSE AREA FOR PICTURES AND CONVERSATION. THIS CONCLUDES OUR CEREMONY. CONGRATULATIONS AND ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR AFTERNOON.

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