“My hope for commencement is to demonstrate how our MBA experience bridged the gap between who we were and who we are today. And while the enduring program at UCLA Anderson shaped our lives, it is the people who surrounded us that made our Anderson experience one to remember.”
— Kelcey Cheung (’16), Class of 2016 MBA Commencement Speaker (watch Kelcey's speech here.)
Dean Olian, Dean Weiler, Dean Fraser, Dean Shih, family, friends, faculty, graduates, lost undergraduates looking for Parking Lot 4, ladies and gentlemen:
It is my great honor to present to you the UCLA Anderson Class of 2016. Before we begin, I have a few brief announcements to make:
To KC, Nancy, and all our parents as well as Kelly, and to all of our significant others: your two-year break without seeing us ends today, so be prepared.
To Tracie, Marcie, and all of our siblings: honestly, we can’t believe we made it this far, either.
To former employers at such illustrious companies as Google, Bain and Bank of America: we are grateful for the chance to attend Anderson in order to pursue opportunities at illustrious companies like Google, Bain and Bank of America.
And to everyone in attendance today, who in some way, large or small, helped us navigate the last two years of constant stress and zero income; to the family and friends who traveled from 40 different countries around the world to be here today; and to the professors and staff who tolerated our questions and reimbursed our AMR expenses, there is no way to express our gratitude and indebtedness, except to say thank you.
So, Class of 2016, we did it. We’re done. We survived a kilt-wearing Fuqua Statistics professor, not one but two Tours de Strand, and endless nights of “getting turnt up Mike Fisher-style.” In the coming months, we will begin the next chapter of our lives at pioneering firms in their respective industries, upstart startups throughout the U.S., or the next big entrepreneurial venture. Yet as we face an unknown future and prepare for moments of adversity, I only ask that you remember your steps.