Berkeley Haas - Haas Undergraduate Program: 2022 Commencement

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  • Members of the faculty and staff,

family and friends of the graduates,

and members of the graduating class of 2022.

(audience cheering)

Welcome to the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

for the Haas School of Business.

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I’m Ann Harrison, Dean of the Haas School.

It is my great pleasure to officiate at today’s ceremony,

the first in-person undergraduate commencement

we have held since 2019.

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You don’t know how happy that makes me.

I am delighted for all of you,

our graduates and for your families, partners, and friends,

who get to celebrate this special day with you.

To our graduates, the great skills that you have mastered

during your time at Berkeley

go beyond those of a Bachelor in Business.

In addition to accounting,

marketing, strategy, entrepreneurship, sustainability,

you have learned how to persevere

against the strongest and wins,

how to keep your spirits high

when the world around you was struggling,

and how to achieve miracles during a global pandemic.

It was hard.

And in many ways, it was not the college experience

that you had hoped for,

but you have lived through it and come out on the other side

to start exciting new lives with a new appreciation

of how precious life is

and how change is the only constant in our lives.

I don’t wanna make light

of the immense challenges you have faced,

the isolation, the uncertainty,

the added complexities of living through COVID,

maybe while caring for loved ones at home

or working to fund your education.

These were tough lessons

whose impact we have yet to fully comprehend.

It is often during such immense challenges

that we learn who we really are,

how resourceful we are and how resilient we can be.

So, I salute you.

You are an inspiration to us all.

I have no doubt you will accomplish

whatever you set your minds to.

You also stand out as a diverse group in so many ways.

52% of our undergraduates are women.

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47% are obtaining a simultaneous degree

in another college and major.

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And 17% are the first in their families

to attend college.

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Some of you bring important life and professional experience

to your classrooms and to your cohorts.

And many of you have made time to give back

to your classmates, to Haas, or to your community.

You’re diverse also in terms of interests and career paths.

In your graduating class, we celebrate our largest cohort,

our Bachelor of Science graduates,

including four-year Berkeley undergraduates

and our transfer students.

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The second cohort of our Management,

Entrepreneurship and Technology or MET program

in partnership with the College of Engineering.

The first cohort of our Global Management Program.

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Also known as GMP,

which spends one semester studying in London.

Amazingly, 10 of this GMP cohort out of 33 students

graduated a year or a semester early.

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And also our inaugural Robinson Life Science Business

and Entrepreneurship Program LSBE,

a partnership with the Molecular Cell and Biology major,

which is graduating its first cohort of 10 students.

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Look next to you, look in front and behind you.

You are surrounded by some of the smartest, the boldest,

the coolest people you will ever meet anywhere in the world.

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Stay connected to each other.

Help each other succeed.

That is among the greatest gifts of your degree.

Beyond your own class,

today you will join an extensive network

of nearly 42,000 Haas alumni around the world.

Take advantage of this network, your network.

When you reach your new destination,

look up your fellow alumni and plug into that network,

lean on it and contribute to it.

It will get stronger as a result.

When you encounter talented, younger people

who might benefit from a business degree,

encourage them and send them our way.

You are a tremendous resource to refer folks back to Haas.

Hire Haas, send us your job listings,

and reach out to your classmates.

There is no nobler thing in business

than to create a job for someone.

When you have a chance, give back to Haas,

make it possible for the next generation

of talented business leaders to get the education

that will launch their careers and achievements.

Most of all, stay connected to Haas

and register your contact information

on the school’s online alumni community.

That’s how others will find you.

We are so very proud of your achievement

in getting to this point,

proud of you starting the next phase of your careers

and proud of the thought that you will be our ambassadors

for Berkeley Haas.

Before I introduce our commencement speaker,

I would like to offer special thanks

to a group of individuals who have worked so hard

and sacrificed so much to make today possible.

I’m referring to your parents, your family, and friends,

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of soon to be graduates.

You are true partners in the achievement

that we celebrate today.

And we thank you.

Would the graduating students please join me

in a round of applause to honor these very special people.

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One of the great traditions at the Haas School

is choosing the commencement speaker.

Each year, we call upon an alum of uncommon distinction

to address the graduating class.

Someone who embodies a commitment to excellence

and a distinguished record of achievement.

Someone who personifies our defining leadership principles.

I’m honored today to introduce

your 2022 commencement speaker, Aaron McDaniel.

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Aaron is an entrepreneur, a corporate leader,

a speaker and an author.

He’s also a graduate of your program class of 2004.

At the age of 27,

Aaron was one of the youngest to serve

as regional vice president at AT&T,

an alumnus of AT&T’s flagship

leadership development program.

Aaron was also a Diamond Club award winner

in the top 1% of sales managers worldwide.

Aaron is also a successful serial entrepreneur.

Three of his companies have been acquired.

He has brought his startup experience

back into the Haas classroom

and has remained actively engaged with your program,

as we hope you will.

Aaron is a founding partner at Grow Scale,

a commercial real estate private equity firm,

and the co-founder of 10X Innovation Lab,

a global accelerator and innovation consulting firm.

He’s also the vice chair of the board

of the nonprofit Project Giving Kids.

Aaron is also the author of three books.

Two are “The Young Professional’s Guide

to the Working World”

and “The Young Professional’s Guide to Managing.”

His new book, “Global Class,” out this fall,

explores how the world’s

fastest growing companies expand globally.

He’s been written about in Forbes,

Bloomberg, US News and World Report,

and is a sought-after speaker.

I cannot think of a better person

to address our wonderful graduates today.

Please join me in welcoming Aaron McDaniel.

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  • Thank you, Dean Harrison.

Good morning.

Welcome, friends and loved ones,

and especially you, 2022 Haas graduates.

It is such a tremendous honor to be given the chance

to share this momentous occasion with you.

And I thought I’d start my speech today

with a little bit of a story from a time long ago,

the year was 2004.

It was a time when the restaurant Mezzo

was called Intermezzo

before the original building it was in burned down.

Blazing fast 1.5 megabit internet allowed Cal students

to download an endless amount of music for free

using a magical software called Kazaa

after the mean US government shut down

its predecessor, Napster.

The best late night snack at the Durant Center Food Court

was dollar noodle from Yokohama Station.

Imagine a meal for a dollar.

The coolest device that everyone wanted

was one of these, a Motorola Razr.

Parents, you remember how cool these things were, right?

YouTube was a few months from being invented

and you graduates were still in preschool.

For most of you.

That year, I had the honor of addressing

my fellow Cal graduates

as the university-wide commencement speaker.

And I thought it would be interesting

in preparing for today to go back and watch that video

of my speech and share my perspectives

on how life changed between now and then.

In rewatching that video, here’s what I noticed.

Man, I looked young and full of energy.

There was an underlying optimism and hopefulness,

a sense of pride and accomplishment

and a deep appreciation for Cal and Haas

and the experience that I had just had.

Here are a couple things that I’d said back then.

While today is a celebration for the graduates,

it’s really so much more.

It’s a celebration of everything and everyone

who has made us into the people we are today.

Our teachers who taught us to question the world

and find our own answers,

our friends who supported us all along the way,

our mentors who got us to believe in ourselves,

and most importantly, our families who sacrificed

so that we may have success.

Today is dedicated to you.

I definitely still agree with that.

At the end of my speech,

I shared a rather lengthy poem I wrote

called college is a state of mind

with one of the lines being, but college will stay with us

long after we passed on the baton.

Looking back, I have so many fond memories of my time

at Haas both inside the classroom

and through extracurricular activities.

So as you’re sitting here today,

I invite you to look back

on your fondest Cal and Haas memories.

Now, one moment that stuck out for me in particular

was being crowned the very first Mister Business.

It was part of the pageant charity event

put on by the Asian Business Association.

My award at the time was an iPod, which was a big deal.

Now more from class projects

and student clubs than pageants,

there were so many things I learned from Haas

that helped me avoid mistakes early in my career,

although there are still definitely some lessons

I had to learn the hard way.

Like three months into my first job after graduating,

when I had my first performance review.

Now at the time, I was working at AT&T

as part of it leadership development program,

where I’d been put in charge of 17 customer service reps,

who’d been at the company longer than I’d been alive.

Now I remember expecting fireworks.

I thought my boss was gonna invite me in,

tell me I was doing a great job

and give me a raise and a special bonus

and tell me I was on the fast track to promotion.

Instead, shortly after I sat down, she said,

“you know, Aaron, you seem like a smart person,

but I’m not even sure you really understand

how to do your job.”

She continued,

“I haven’t really received much feedback

or communication from you.

So I’m really unsure of your performance.”

Ouch, I was so used to positive reinforcement

that this little dose of reality stung,

but it was also a very illuminating moment

because I actually had intentionally not bothered my boss

instead asking an endless amount of questions

to all of my peers.

See, I hadn’t realized the counterintuitive concept

of managing your boss and needed to understand

how she liked to communicate and adapting my style

as to help her support her

in making the organization a success in reaching our goals.

Another lesson that I had to learn early in my career

came after attending a wedding of two coworkers

up in Wine Country.

We all had a great time.

And the Monday after,

one of the vice presidents in attendance

came up to me in the office and he said,

“Aaron, I am so glad you were at that wedding

because if you weren’t there,

then I would’ve been the drunkest one there.”

And so, double ouch.

Let’s just say that I had to learn

that just because I was coworkers outside of work

didn’t mean what happened

wouldn’t make its way back to the office.

So, thinking back on that young college graduate I was

during my first speech versus who I am now,

a few pieces of advice rose to the surface,

things that I wished the young college graduate me

knew back then

to make the years of life and work to follow

more successful.

So I thought about sharing everything

from the warm and fuzzy,

like to tell others when you’re proud of them

and to allow yourself to be proud of you,

to the more practical, like reminding myself

to buy Bitcoin when it was only worth a couple dollars.

But ultimately, three pieces of advice rose to the surface

as catalysts behind the success I experienced

and have seen in others

who are reaching the apex of their fields.

Now each of these refer to a shift in mindset

because as this fortune cookie fortune

that I got from Dumpling Express two weeks ago,

when I was picking up my regalia for today says,

all personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs.

Number one, iterate.

Now this first one ties closely

to what I teach in my entrepreneurship classes.

And I would be remiss not to mention it.

To iterate is to be flexible and adapt

when things don’t go as planned,

coming up with new options and never quitting

until you reach your end goal.

Now, while this is pretty straightforward,

it can be pretty challenging because from this point on,

you won’t have the structure that you’re used to.

You see, school has made us accustomed

to a set path with a clear plan,

but let me tell you that from here on out,

that set path doesn’t exist.

It’s no longer a multiple choice question,

it’s an essay question,

and there’s an unlimited number of answers.

You get to write your own story.

At this point, you’re used to these four-year cycles.

So in high school, the first three years you were studying,

taking your required classes.

And then at fourth year, you were looking ahead to college,

taking standardized tests and applying to schools.

Then you came here to Berkeley, another four-year cycle.

The first three years, taking all of your required classes.

That fourth year, looking ahead, writing your resume,

applying to and interviewing for different jobs.

Well, now that you’re graduating,

the next step isn’t another four-year cycle,

it’s a 40-year cycle,

which can be kind of hard to navigate.

You know, even those

who are going into one of the ABC professions,

accounting, banking, consulting,

with plans to go work for two, three years

and go back and get your MBA,

eventually, this situation is on the horizon for you guys.

So when you feel uncertain about your career,

being iterative helps you create structure,

a system that helps you constantly test new strategies,

learn and act on what you’ve learned.

So being iterative also referred to in business speak

as being agile,

recognizes that a career

is an accumulation of experiences instead of a linear path.

So there’s no single right way to do things.

And in tough moments realize that you can always adapt.

So keep the same ultimate goals and core values,

but take a flexible path to get there.

So there are two ways to implement this iterative mindset

in your careers and lives.

The first is to be open to opportunity.

So this could be tough if you’re too rigid

in the path that you’ve set for yourself.

See if you cling too tightly to a set plan,

you close yourself off from opportunity

and set yourself up for disappointment

when life as it invariably does

ends up working out different than we thought it would.

So when you’re open to opportunity,

you aren’t just limited to the ideas you can think of,

but open to experiences beyond your wildest dreams.

Now being open to opportunity has been a driver

in my entrepreneurial career.

And if you looked at

the wide assortment of companies I’ve started,

you’d see a pattern of being open to opportunity

instead of some grand structured plan.

So custom wedding invitations, portable beer pong tables,

a taxi app that came out around the same time as Uber,

a crowdfunding platform, a FinTech app,

a global innovation consultancy

and a real estate private equity firm.

Most came from opportunities

I didn’t explicitly seek out.

And while some succeeded and some failed,

each of these seemingly different experiences

was an iteration on a nonlinear path

that have given me the skills and perspectives

that help me in the ventures that I’m working on today.

Now, inherently linked to be open to opportunity

is to take action when opportunity presents itself.

Step outside of your comfort zones.

So I definitely did during the swimsuit competition

of the Mister Business pageant,

I did when I had to manage a team

that had been at the company

longer than I’d been alive at AT&T.

And I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone

when I was called a criminal on national television

when I was pitching one of my businesses

on ABC’s, Shark Tank.

The other key effectively iterating

is to be comfortable with failure.

Failure is table stakes.

Things often did not go as I wanted them to,

and I made many mistakes along the way.

But like I teach my class,

your first plan likely won’t be right.

And that’s okay.

Treat it as a minimum viable product, an MVP.

And when things don’t go as expected, pivot

and come up with a new path.

Now, my advice for dealing with the failure

that will invariably occur

is encapsulate it in two sayings

that I have my young daughter’s recite

when challenges arise.

So when they get frustrated,

because what they’re doing isn’t working,

whether that be attempting to assemble a puzzle

or struggling to tie their shoelaces, I have them say,

there’s always a way,

there’s always a path on the other side of failure.

And the other saying,

when they fall off their bike or skin their knee,

I have them dry their tears and say,

I’m strong, I’m brave, I get up when I fall down.

Now, getting over how silly it may feel

saying these affirmations to yourself in tough times

will help you focus on what’s next

instead of dwelling on the failure that just occurred.

Iterate by being open to opportunities

outside your comfort zone

and persevere amidst failure.

My next piece of advice is to be an enabler.

So from my experience,

the two best ways to learn are, one, by doing it,

and two, by teaching others how to do it.

And teaching in particular is a great way to learn.

Because as you teach, you’re reminded of key insights,

helping you practice what you preach.

Plus from a practical perspective,

you don’t wanna look like an idiot

in front of the people you’re teaching.

So you tend to make sure you put in the work

so that you understand the topic.

Teaching enables others.

And at its core,

the driver behind teaching is to enable others,

helping them accomplish more.

And while the traditional image of a teacher

is someone standing at the front of a classroom,

you can teach and help others in different ways.

Many of them behind the scenes.

Both now and in the future,

there are many skills and lessons you learn

that you can teach others, enabling them.

Our experiences are built on top of one another’s.

And one of the hidden joys of life

is to see those who we have helped succeed.

But teaching is only one of many ways to enable others.

As I’m sure you’re aware, there is a whole team here at Haas

and in particular, in the undergraduate office

who enable our school

to be one of the top programs in the country

and who helped enable each of you during your time here.

And while all of them recognize recognition and applause,

I’d like to recognize three of them

who have enabled literally thousands of Haas students

over the years.

It combined 72 years.

So, Barbara Felkins, Sojourner Blair, Dresden John,

where are you at?

(audience cheering)

All right back stage.

We’re clapping for you three.

Each of them retiring this year.

More practically, I’ve learned from my career

that people want enablers on their team

and those who help others reach their goals.

In the realm of business, no matter what your job function,

you always have a customer.

And even if you don’t interact

with your companies and clients,

you have an internal customer to serve.

So, enabling your customer will lead to success

no matter what metrics you are measured by.

Think about how to make others successful

and focus on helping your team achieve its goals.

People are watching,

even when you think they aren’t.

I’ve heard many successful people

talk about how more often than not,

they don’t go search opportunity,

opportunity comes to them.

And when you’re open to opportunity,

as I suggested in my first piece of advice,

exciting things can happen.

So enable others to reach their goals

and opportunities will come to help you reach yours.

My third piece of advice

is the focus on asking the right questions

instead of searching for the right answers.

So, so much of your coursework

has been centered on finding the right answers,

the solution to a problem set,

the strategy and a case study,

the right internships to apply for.

But on the road that lies ahead,

there’s often no right answer.

There are just choices among options.

And that’s why it’s far better to focus

on asking the right questions.

Focusing on finding answers

creates frustration, anxiety, and doubt.

Asking yourself the right questions

creates options and opportunities.

So as you go through your career journey,

a question you may find yourself asking is, what is my job?

The default answer being,

something that resembles a job description.

But the more important question that’s less often asked is,

why am I here?

What can you uniquely contribute?

What can you do?

What impact can you have

that is above and beyond your job description?

And realize the answer doesn’t have to be some

elaborate strategy that increases company earnings

by 50 cents a share.

My first job out of college,

the call center that I was a manager in,

had to move offices 40 miles away.

And let’s just say that,

the staff was not very happy about this change.

So to help address the frustrations,

I teamed up with a peer of mine

and we created the morale committee,

bringing together a group of reps to create programs

to celebrate and recognize people in the office

during a time of low morale.

I was pretty proud of the fact that this morale committee

continued on for a few years after I left the position.

Long after that office relocation was complete.

Don’t ask yourself, how can I advance my career?

Instead ask, how can I help others succeed?

Remember that when you support others,

people notice and opportunities eventually follow.

And don’t ask yourself, did I succeed?

Comparing yourself to some measure valued by society.

Instead, ask what can I learn from these experiences?

Now, sometimes this can be hard,

especially when failure is involved,

but asking yourself this

sets you up to learn from your experiences.

So ask yourself the right questions.

It makes finding the answers easier.

Now there’s one more piece of advice,

one thought that I’d like to leave you with,

a thought that came to me about a decade ago

at a very unexpected time and place.

I was actually on a date.

And we had just finished our entrees at a restaurant

and we’re browsing the dessert menus.

And after a minute or two,

my girlfriend at the time, now wife,

said, “I’m having trouble deciding which dessert to get.

I could either go with the Panna Cotta or the Tiramisù.

They both look pretty good.”

And without thinking, I kind of jokingly said, “Get both.

We don’t live in an either or world,

we live in an and world.”

And the benefits of getting seconds on dessert aside,

the thought immediately struck me

and really true and applicable to many aspects of life.

And the saying has stuck with me,

and over the years has become a core part of my mindset.

And there have been many times

when I faced a tough situation

where I seemingly had to choose

between mutually exclusive options

where I use that mindset.

And this thought is particularly important

in the world that we live in today.

At every turn, people are attempting to classify things

as good or bad, right or wrong,

with very little gray area in between

further amplified by the echo chambers

that we spend time in.

In many cases, you don’t have to choose one or the other.

There’s a way to have, or be both.

And it doesn’t have to be nature or nurture, Coke or Pepsi.

Living in an, and world is also about diversity

and the value of being open

to those with different viewpoints and experiences.

There is often an and instead of an or.

Failing and succeeding, career and family,

profiting and positively impacting society.

Remember, we don’t live in an either or world.

We live in an and world.

Now, when I listened to that first commencement speech,

I gave almost half my life ago,

some of the advice that I’ve shared today

is embedded within.

But back then,

I only understood things at a surface level.

I lacked experience.

Back then it was pretty simple

and then life got pretty complex.

So when you don’t fully understand what you’re getting into,

sometimes things seem simple.

And then when you get into it,

they become a whole lot more complicated.

But then somewhere down the line, finally,

years or decades later,

after you’ve come to understand things better

through lived experience,

it gets simple again.

So, when you’re in the middle,

admired by confusion and complexity, don’t get frustrated.

It’s all part of the process.

And as I shared previously,

at the end of my first commencement speech

all those years ago,

I had recited a poem that I had written.

So in the spirit of continuity,

I have a new poem to share with you today.

But in the spirit of simplicity

and because you’ve had to listen to me long enough,

instead of sharing a long multiverse composition,

the poem I wrote for this occasion is a Haiku.

Enable others, iterate, ask self questions,

live in an and world.

It has been a tremendous honor to speak with you today.

Congratulations 2022 class graduates.

I wish each of you luck in building an and world.

Thank you.

  • Thank you so much, Aaron for those thoughtful insights.

We really appreciate you sharing your story

with the class of 2022.

You are the quintessential Berkeley leader.

(audience cheering)

Each year, the Undergraduate Program

grants the departmental citation to the student

with the most outstanding academic achievement

in the field of business.

This year’s departmental citation goes to, Joshua Greenberg.

(audience cheering)

Throughout his four years at Berkeley and Haas,

Josh has approached every lecture and assignment

with a sense of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge.

With that same spirit of inquiry,

Josh has spent his time at Cal as a conscientious,

inspirational and active leader

within Berkeley’s Jewish community.

Josh is graduating with a degree in Business Administration

and a minor in Data Science.

After graduation, Josh will work in finance at Apple.

Josh credits Haas with teaching him not only the financial

and analytic skills he will need in his career,

but also how to collaborate and communicate

effectively with others.

Josh, I need to give you your award.

(audience laughing)

So, here’s your award.

(audience cheering)


I now have the pleasure to announce a set of awards

that are very dear to every Haas’s heart.

These awards recognize students whose work in actions

have exemplified our defining leadership principles.

The winners were nominated and selected

by classmates, staff and faculty.

The first award, Question the Status Quo.

We champion bold ideas,

take intelligent risks and accepts sensible failure.

That is one of the hallmarks of Berkeley.

The Question the Status Quo award goes to, Vanshika Sapra.

(audience cheering)

Passionate, goal-oriented and hardworking.

Vanshika represents all the core values here at Haas.

As an international and a transfer student,

she has truly integrated herself into the Haas community

while aiming to grow and improve it as well.

She was nominated in recognition of her principled

and thoughtful approach to helping others learn and grow.

(audience cheering)

Confidence without attitude.

That is how recruiters describe Haas students

because they make decisions based on evidence and analysis,

which gives them the confidence,

but not the attitude to lead

through trust and collaboration.

The award for Confidence Without Attitude

goes to, Gina Chang.

(audience cheering)

In her first year, as classes went remote,

Gina decided to pursue her lifelong dream of being the CEO

of her own skincare company, Cityface.

(audience cheering)

It takes remarkable confidence

to go through the ups and downs of launching a new company

and in a global pandemic.

Her nominators tell us that Gina has done so

without attitude and while caring for all those around her.

(audience cheering)


(audience cheering)

Student Always.

Our community is designed for curiosity and lifelong pursuit

of personal and intellectual growth.

Our Students Always awards goes to,

Anna Katarina Helen Gebel.

(audience cheering)

After growing up in a small town in Germany,

Katarina came to the United States to study liberal arts,

which allowed her to explore

her many interests and passions.

She has co-founded Cases over Coffee at Berkeley,

and she has served as its president to help her peers

explore various career paths.

Upon graduation, Katarina will join McKinsey

in San Francisco where she aspires to be a student, always.

Her fellow students noted that

Katarina exemplifies Student Always

because she actively seeks out other people’s perspectives

and works on constantly expanding her own horizons.

Please join me in applause.

(audience cheering)

Beyond Yourself.

We shape our world by leading ethically and responsibly.

For the Beyond Yourself award,

her fellow classmates and faculty have selected, Anna Shim.

(audience cheering)

Anna Shim is a member of the inaugural class

of the global management program

(audience cheering)

and studied abroad in London, Geneva and Korea

during her four years here.

She has served in leadership roles

for the Haas Business School Association,

better known as HBSA Alpha Delta Pi

and the Collegiate Business Association.

(audience cheering)

She has represented Haas

and placed in the National Diversity Case Competition

in Indiana and the international Thammasat

Undergraduate Business Challenge.

She has also interned for start-ups like Curology,

Snack Pass and Coursera.

After graduation, she will work as a mergers

and acquisitions management consultant

at Price Water house Coopers in Los Angeles.

(audience cheering)

Anna was nominated

because she has always devoted her time at Cal and Haas

to improving the lives of the people around her.

Please join me in applause for, Anna.

(audience cheering)

Anna, please come back to the podium.

(audience laughing)

As the HBSA president for the 2021-2022 school year,

Anna now has the pleasure

of introducing our student speaker, Saahil Shangle.

(audience cheering)

Anna served in HBSA for four years

as the first director of GMP integration,

as executive vice president while a junior,

and now as president.

She has made HBSA more diverse and inclusive every year,

improving the culture of the organization

and of Berkeley Haas,

while working closely with the undergraduate program office

and her executive team to organize student events.

She says all of this would not have been possible

without her wonderful VPs, her directors

and student associates.

(audience cheering)

  • Thank you, Dean.

Sorry, this will be more of like a serious speech.

Three months.

Today marks three months.

For those of you who may not know,

my one and only 25-year old brother Escal,

who was also a Cal alum,

suddenly died in his sleep on February 16th, 2022.

I vividly remember the pure shock I felt

hearing and processing the news

from my Korean immigrant parents.

My first thought was, what have I been doing?

That entire week, month even,

I had been stressed about schools, clubs,

and my personal inconveniences,

not being able to prioritize family

and say a proper goodbye to my brother.

Overwhelmed by responsibilities in my environment,

I had lost sight of who I was and where I came from.

At the time, I thought

there’s no way I’m getting through this.

I felt weak.

Every little task seemed impossible.

My world was falling apart.

If you told me then that I would be standing up here today,

I would not have believed you.

But exactly three months later,

and here I am graduating as a proud Golden Bear and Haasey

with the rest of my peers

and keeping the memory of my brother alive.

Am I fully healed?

Absolutely not.

Do I still grieve every day?

Of course.

But am I still getting out of bed every morning,

having a positive attitude

and focusing on what I can control in my life?


I am a living testament that you can find the silver lining

and persevere through any difficult circumstance

that life throws at you.

Though my case be more severe,

that’s what Berkeley Haas has taught

each and every one of us, resilience.

Throughout these past four years

or two years for junior transfers,

we’ve survived through the fires, power outages,

orange skies, and entire global pandemic

and Zoom university.

All 475 of us Haas graduates

have been through our own adversities,

but we’ve also overcome these challenges

and that’s how we made it here today.

Especially as Berkeley Haas students,

we often downplay our achievements

and are never fully satisfied with ourselves,

myself included.

But my biggest key takeaway that I want to share with you

is don’t wait to be happy.

Remember when you were in high school,

you worked so hard and delay your happiness

until you get into a good college.

You get into UC Berkeley, the number one public university,

but your joy only lasts,

but your joy only lasts

as long as the confetti in your acceptance letter,

and you decide you’ll be happy

when you get into a competitive business org

or consulting club.

You finally get into that student org, but then, oh, wait,

you need to work on your Haas apps.

So you push your contentment once again,

until you get into the number three business school

in the nation.

(audience cheering)

You see congrats as you open your Haas acceptance letter,

but now it’s recruiting season.

So you’re gonna delay your happiness

until you secure your dream job.

You get that amazing offer,

but now you have to focus on academics to graduate.

You finally get your BS in business degree from Berkeley,

but now you’re not going to be happy until you get promoted,

get an MBA, start your business, get married, have children.

See my point?

Don’t get me wrong, our goals and ambitions are important

and we wouldn’t be here without our drive.

But don’t forget to find the joy in the little things,

enjoy the process and smell the roses along the way,

because life is too short.

So live every day like it’s your last.

(audience cheering)

Many of us constantly live in our heads,

thinking about mistakes of the past

or worries for the future

and constantly ask ourselves, what’s next?

But I encourage you to just take a second to breathe

and live in the present.

I hope you remember this as you, the author,

write the next chapter of your life.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to my HBSA exec seniors

for all of their hard work.

(audience cheering)

And the UG office, especially Dresden,

Sojourner and Barbara who are retiring this year.

(audience cheering)

I also wanna thank God, my parents and my brother

who was supposed to physically be here,

but is now watching over me.

And to each and every senior in the class of 2022,

congratulations, we did it.

(audience cheering)

I’d now like to introduce our student commencement speaker,

Saahil Shangle.

Saahil is graduating

with degrees in business and data science.

During his time at Cal,

he has consulted for local nonprofits,

volunteered with our campus food pantry,

and assisted the city with micro bond research.

Upon graduation, Saahil will be working at Apple.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with loved ones,

hiking and Astro photography.

Let’s give it up for, Saahil.

(audience cheering)

  • Wow.

Hi everyone, let me just get my speech real quick.

All right, hello.

Before I begin, I’d like to say a few thank you’s.

Thank you to my family, friends and classmates,

for all of the great memories.

Thank you to my professors and mentors

for all your insight and knowledge.

And thank you Cafe Think, your french fries are phenomenal.

(audience laughing)

My name is Saahil Shangle and it is an absolute honor

to be giving this speech today.

Class of 2022, congratulations, we did it.

(audience cheering)

We just completed one of the best

undergraduate business programs in the country.

I still remember coming to Berkeley for the first time

and setting this goal.

I wanted to try every single restaurant in the city.

I also remember realizing the very next year that

that goal was completely unreasonable.

This place is huge.

It’s a lot like

the seemingly infinite number of restaurants in the city

when I look at the Haas community here today.

Y’all never cease to impress me.

I genuinely did learn something new every single day.

Four years and 92 restaurants later,

I can safely say that

there is no such thing as knowing at all.

So today I wanna reflect on two of the things

that made the last couple of years so special.

First, the people.

Look at those sitting next to you.

On the surface, we all seem pretty similar.

We’ve all taken the same core classes,

satisfied the same university’s requirements

and avoid stepping on the university seal.

But in reality, we’re so much more different than that.

We are transfers, veterans, underrepresented minorities,

international first generation athletes.

We are leaders, creators like

social media celebrities and everything in between.

Best of all, we’re a team.

I’d like to think that

it was the little things that made that happen.

While we all had like a million things

in our mind all the time,

and we might have had like more important things to do,

we still made time to grab that plate of fries

with a friend every week.

The courtyard conversations never stopped.

Taco Tuesdays continued.

(audience cheering)

And our relationships thrived.

No matter what was going on, we made time for each other.

I realize now just how important all that really was.

Those relationships helped us understand one another

beyond a simple classroom setting.

They gave us the empathy we needed to succeed.

They are what we will carry with us as we leave here today.

So like I said,

we’ll always have the more important things going on,

but I hope we can continue finding time for those around us.

I truly believe that’s one of the things

that makes Berkeley Haas so special.

The other thing would have to be the faculty and staff.

On behalf of the class of 2022,

thank you to every professor, administrator and staff member

who makes a student experience as excellent as it is.

(audience cheering)

My younger brother just committed to Berkeley, and I can’t,

(audience cheering)

Yeah, give it up for him.

And I can’t stop raving about other professors here

who dressed up for Halloween,

the ones who bring selling sunset celebrities in on a whim,

and the astounding facility quality.

We deeply appreciate all of the time, passion and knowledge

you all share with us every single day.

Now, to look forward for a moment,

I can’t wait for us to begin the next chapter in our lives.

While I’m sad that our time has come to end,

I can’t help but smile when I think about all the new things

that lie ahead.

Many of us are about to find ourselves

surrounded by new people in a new place.

So many new opportunities and restaurants to try.

As we all go our different ways,

I wanna challenge everyone here

to not only continue learning about what it is you do,

but the people around you doing it.

This world is in need of more empathetic leaders.

Let’s be the ones to light that path.

Here’s to acting with integrity and creativity

and service of others and to being students always.

Class of 2022, congratulations and go Bears.

(audience cheering)

  • Thank you so much, Saahil.

We have outstanding faculty at the Haas School

and we are happy to honor them for their exemplary work

in the classroom.

This year’s Cheit Award for excellence in teaching

for the undergraduate program goes to Haas lecturer,

Richard Hunsinger.

(audience cheering)

Richard is a graduate

of our Berkeley Columbia executive MBA Program.

He taught Data and Decisions,

Introduction to Business Analytics

and Advanced Business Analytics

in the undergraduate program.

There were many words of praise from our students

and this review sums it up well.

Richard Hunsinger is one of those professors who truly cares

about his students learning.

He’s incredibly available,

he even gave us his phone number to reach out to him

if we need anything.

And he is continually encouraging us to reach out to him

for office hours appointments

in addition to his regularly scheduled office hours.

He’s engaging and formulates the class in such a way

that allows the curious to always be exploring

rather than saying, this is out of scope.

Incredible professor.

Congratulations, Richard.

(audience cheering)

Each year, we also recognize the outstanding teaching

of our graduate student instructors or GSIs.

Our 2022 winner is, Paige Wahoff.

(audience cheering)

Paige was GSI for UGBA 107,

the Social, Political and Ethical Environment of Business.

Here is how one student described Paige’s teaching style.

Paige brought a fascinating perspective to the course

and her teaching style pushed me to think critically.

She went above and beyond to meet with me outside of class,

and her support was incredibly helpful.

Paige truly is an icon who made my semester.

Congratulations, Paige.

(audience cheering)

  • Thank you so much.

  • We will now recognize the candidates

for the degree of Bachelor of Science

in Business Administration.

(audience cheering)

Here to assist me is the undergraduate program’s

assistant Dean, Emma Hayes Daftary.

(audience cheering)

Also joining us on stage for the presentation of degrees,

are Haas faculty members, Ryan Sloan,

(audience cheering)

Bill Fanning, (audience cheering)

Clark Kellogg, Don Hanna,

(audience cheering)

and our teacher of the year, Richard Hunsinger.

(audience cheering)

We’ll be handing out scrolls.

Oh, I should mention one more thing.

We have another Dean in attendance today,

Dean Linda Burton.

Linda, will you please stand up?

(audience cheering)

Dean Burton is the Dean of the School of Social Welfare.

If I could please ask the families and friends

not to block our graduates as they come up to the stage

to receive their scrolls.

Will the candidates for the degree,

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, please rise.

(audience chattering indistinctly)

  • I believe it is.


It’s all right.

Let me know when to start.

  • Go ahead. - Okay.

Jonah Cartman.

(audience cheering)

Aman Rana.

(audience cheering)

Solani Patel.

(audience cheering)

Ankita Inamdar.

(audience cheering)

Anna Liveli.

(audience cheering)

Liana Charchian.

(audience cheering)

Sam Arias.

(audience cheering)

  • [Man] Let’s go Sam.

  • Yvonne Borsenko.

(audience cheering)

Malu Kingsland.

(audience cheering)

Katrina Cupus.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Katrina.

  • Gabrielle Fong.

(audience cheering)

Amanda Singh.

(audience cheering)

Jonathan Fan.

(audience cheering)

Andrew Liu.

(audience cheering)

Josh Anthony Campos.

(audience cheering)

Phillip Perene.

(audience cheering)

Tony She.

(audience cheering)

Deanna Kim.

(audience cheering)

Julie Jones Callaway.

(audience cheering)

Jyoti Tuladhar.

(audience cheering)

Carolyn Kim Stevens.

(audience cheering)

Justin David Adamson.

(audience cheering)

Natalia Nava Rodina.

(audience cheering)

Tiffany Tron.

(audience cheering)

Magali Venegas Conseco.

(audience cheering)

Chelsea Lowe.

(audience cheering)

Jahnvi Doshi.

(audience cheering)

Austin Son.

(audience cheering)

Sophia Wang.

(audience cheering)

Cebil Wang.

(audience cheering)

Lufe Chang.

(audience cheering)

Howard Lee.

(audience cheering)

Douming Wang.

(audience cheering)

May Evena Wang.

(audience cheering)

Franklin McKenzie.

(audience cheering)

Drew Christopher Saranyan.

(audience cheering)

Adit Josie.

(audience cheering)

Vaasumun Maza.

(audience cheering)

Hira Mallek.

(audience cheering)

Ani Apikyan.

(audience cheering)

Angelica Inganluk Samonteno.

(audience cheering)

Lee Trung.

(audience cheering)

Tron Fan.

(audience cheering)

Christina Chan.

(audience cheering)

Pauline Manino.

(audience cheering)

Devin Hazi.

(audience cheering)

Kyle Rineflesh.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Kyle.

  • Garrett Nielsen.

(audience cheering)

Nick Proctor.

(audience cheering)

Nina Chunk.

(audience cheering)

Maya Borgas.

(audience cheering)

Henry Poon.

(audience cheering)

Nicholas Bloom.

(audience cheering)

Kyle Malles.

(audience cheering)

Reese Whitley.

(audience cheering)

Caylin Crowker.

(audience cheering)

Logan Alters.

(audience cheering)

Matthew Syndrick.

(audience cheering)

Jenna Kramer.

(audience cheering)

Thomas Wyat Wymore.

(audience cheering)

Stephan Ween.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Stephan!

  • Christian Vargas.

(audience cheering)

Louise Cortez Ryas.

(audience cheering)

Joseph Babatao.

(audience cheering)

Takahiro Origuchi.

(audience cheering)

Austin Baker.

(audience cheering)

Mona Cesario.

(audience cheering)

Quin Etenyar.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Quin.

  • Nichi Kaoza.

(audience cheering)

  • Carter Owen.

(audience cheering)

Alex Cavoni.

(audience cheering)

Suyen Valeta.

(audience cheering)

Michael Wong.

(audience cheering)

Dura Singh.

(audience cheering)

Blaze Osmos.

(audience cheering)

Kevin Zoo.

(audience cheering)

  • Hey, I know I got it.

  • Tony Stewarts.

(audience cheering)

Kevin Nyugen Truang.

(audience cheering)

Daniel Sensiver.

(audience cheering)

Griffin Fry.

(audience cheering)

Matthew Taxa.

(audience cheering)

Omus Pampoti.

(audience cheering)

(indistinct) Teneza Miska Izmaeli.

(audience cheering)

Gabriela Vrike.

(audience cheering)

Nikuro Man Ganzoni.

(audience cheering)

Ortuvo Manhandely.

(audience cheering)

Taha Kang.

(audience cheering)

Sihon Wen.

(audience cheering)

Yin Kelly Chan.

(audience cheering)

Tung Sing Chen.

(audience cheering)

Anabelle Longhen Ru.

(audience cheering)

Dakes Chung.

(audience cheering)

Andrew Don.

(audience cheering)

Garrett Yvan.

(audience cheering)

Joseph Ing.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Joseph.

  • Dah Yun.

(audience cheering)

Jeff Growe.

(audience cheering)

Kai Korazowich.

(audience cheering)

Bucaran Sachdil.

(audience cheering)

Dev Ucha.

(audience cheering)

Matthew Hallick.

(audience cheering)

Jose Hernandez.

(audience cheering)

Charles Van.

(audience cheering)

Grace Chi.

(audience cheering)

Ariana Diaz.

(audience cheering)

Angelina Espinoza.

(audience cheering)

Kina Ha.

(audience cheering)

Justin Wen.

(audience cheering)

Kuzich Zunaya.

(audience cheering)

Alan Lynn.

(audience cheering)

Andre Moga.

(audience cheering)

Keyon Inji.

(audience cheering)

Ray Fu Won.

(audience cheering)

Aaron Veroni.

(audience cheering)

Raphael Brian Sumali.

(audience cheering)

Carisa Nadie Tan Tyono.

(audience cheering)

Gwendolyn Coe Kunama.

(audience cheering)

Charise Natanya.

(audience cheering)

Nicole Arepro Win Wan.

(audience cheering)

Cara Narisa.

(audience cheering)

Tara Alegra Fermonto.

(audience cheering)

Viola Lee.

(audience cheering)

Violen Lee.

(audience cheering)

Diego Gonzalez Lizardi.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Diego go!

  • Ramika Venergy.

(audience cheering)

Niha Nagebotu.

(audience cheering)

Aneka Ruvalta.

(audience cheering)

Pronov Nudyoung.

(audience cheering)

Jiling Jao.

(audience cheering)

Chuwen Lee Gary Lou.

(audience cheering)

Celine Weritz.

(audience cheering)

Megan Hanson.

(audience cheering)

Amy Wang.

(audience cheering)

Abby Tan.

(audience cheering)

Sumeen Amy Oh.

(audience cheering)

Brandy Wong.

(audience cheering)

Michelle Lynn.

(audience cheering)

Cindy Zang.

(audience cheering)

Kennedy K. Williams.

(audience cheering)

Raj Desani.

(audience cheering) - [Man] Yeah Raj!

  • Jeffry Oh.

(audience cheering) - [Man] Yeah Jeffrey!

  • Raymond To.

(audience cheering)

Lilian Zang.

(audience cheering)

Shirley Wong.

(audience cheering)

  • All right, all right here we go.

  • Joshua Kim.

(audience cheering)

Ethan King.

(audience cheering)

Justin Hoganour.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Justin!

  • Ryan Chen.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Ryan.

  • Thank you.

Rongan Zuteha.

(audience cheering)

Alexander Mannes.

(audience cheering)

Srava Pasapatri.

(audience cheering)

Elliot Larson.

(audience cheering)

Anika Rama Chandran.

(audience cheering)

Rishma Marugan.

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Ernesto Ramirez.

(audience cheering)

Esqu Ma.

(audience cheering)

Adrian Shu.

(audience cheering)

David Shu.

(audience cheering)

Derek Jang.

(audience cheering)

Kate Ba.

(audience cheering)

Yeah, Sahill Ready.

(audience cheering)

Isha Dahake.

(audience cheering)

Priscilla Mendoza.

(audience cheering)

Noah Harold East.

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Cameron Kalis Harold.

(audience cheering)

Gobche Guvan.

(audience cheering)

Brittany Adua Lotang.

(audience cheering)

Sofani Garvan.

(audience cheering)

Juka Sonya Makani.

(audience cheering)

Naya Dasari.

(audience cheering)

Smaya Mohanti.

(audience cheering)

Ankita Sani.

(audience cheering)

Kunal Adya.

(audience cheering)

Adam Lou.

(audience cheering)

Thomas Wen.

(audience cheering)

Can I say, Alexandra Visich.

(audience cheering)

Oren Eliahu.

(audience cheering)

Colette Simonian.

(audience cheering)

Tina Tang.

(audience cheering)

Kelly Pan.

(audience cheering)

Victoria Lynn.

(audience cheering)

Cicily Dang.

(audience cheering)

Danny Ha.

(audience cheering)

Amu Tavazowi.

(audience cheering)

Nolan Teki.

(audience cheering)

Richard Lou.

(audience cheering)

Raul Harwan.

(audience cheering)

Nigil Mandaba.

(audience cheering)

Ayato Kobayashi.

(audience cheering)

Ryan Chu.

(audience cheering)

Jaylen Chan.

(audience cheering)

Michelle Sun.

(audience cheering)

Eric Wang.

(audience cheering)

Rena Yan.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Rena.

  • Grace Qu.

(audience cheering)

Ankita Akini.

(audience cheering)

Air Satansi Kimo.

(audience cheering)

Orgil Montuka.

(audience cheering)

Kelly Han.

(audience cheering)

Grace Lam.

(audience cheering)

Suyash Zazu.

(audience cheering)

Gretta Sashi.

(audience cheering)

Christopher Samal.

(audience cheering)

Isabella Chin.

(audience cheering)

Yvette Yee.

(audience cheering)

Adam Ing.

(audience cheering)

Alton Rose.

(audience cheering)

Devon Yuan.

(audience cheering)

Helen Wang.

(audience cheering)

Ashley Chung.

(audience cheering)

Sullivan Kong.

(audience cheering)

Ishan Gil.

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Alex Tran.

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Delaron Depasan.

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Azim Abahe Zadey.

(audience cheering)

Sandalina Satar.

(audience cheering)

Lia Luthrop.

(audience cheering)

Kenny Chang.

(audience cheering)

Vanessa Lou.

(audience cheering)


Okay, thank you.

Oh, can you help me?

Josue Vallesia.

(audience cheering)

Kevin Wu.

(audience cheering)

Donkenil Sashivuti.

(audience cheering)

Suti Lynn.

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Sara Cokanova.

(audience cheering)

Zerene Cakalia.

(audience cheering)

Emily Tong.

(audience cheering)

  • [Woman] Go Emily.

  • Claire Chang.

(audience cheering)

Dylan Zao.

(audience cheering)

William Chan.

(audience cheering)

Jackie Chan.

(audience cheering)

Kasha Publicety.

(audience cheering)

Jaden Chambers.

(audience cheering)

Ethan See.

(audience cheering) - [Woman] Go, Ethan!

  • Drew Sudash.

(audience cheering)

Ayush Metra.

(audience cheering)

Ru Pay.

(audience cheering)

Harrison Fiscus.

(audience cheering)

Alexandria Marks.

(audience cheering)

Grace Chen.

(audience cheering)

  • [Man] Let’s go Grace.

  • Karina Masana.

(audience cheering)

  • [Man] Yeah, Karina.

  • Madeline Wells.

(audience cheering) - [Man] Yeah, Madeline.

  • Daniel Rosenblit.

(audience cheering)

Alina Fuhanlam.

(audience cheering)

Uvia Mendoza.

(audience cheering)

Valerie Friedman.

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Susanna Molly.

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Simon Valencourt.

(audience cheering)

Vuley Agawala.

(audience cheering)

Chufali Christian.

(audience cheering)

Maurice Saldana.

(audience cheering)

Alexandra Lipton.

(audience cheering)

Crystal Tong.

(audience cheering)

Andrea Clayman.

(audience cheering)

Fahad Silim.

(audience cheering)

Elliot Clark.

(audience cheering)

Abigail Ow.

(audience cheering)

Lindsay Yunsin Li.

(audience cheering)

Lucia Chang Turinos.

(audience cheering)

Harmon Meet Cor.

(audience cheering)

  • Yes. - We’ll see.

Adriana Atanaga Quintanilla.

(audience cheering)

Adnan Ali Sutedonanin.

(audience cheering)

Maha Treger.

(audience cheering)

Rachit Perek.

(audience cheering)

Lishi Mogi.

(audience cheering)

Johnny Nyugen.

(audience cheering)

Ida Taja.

(audience cheering)

Ria Meta.

(audience cheering)

Sunika Sutsena.

(audience cheering)

Krishi Malday.

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Shaley Shaw.

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Jocelyn Lee.

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Imani Salazar Nelly.

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Ria Verma.

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Anish Argaval.

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Andreas Mosk.

(audience cheering)

Cages Flor.

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Shayansh Lihadika.

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Rajavish Nishra.

(audience cheering)

Sonya Sati.

(audience cheering)

Melanie Jao.

(audience cheering)

Alara Gulur.

(audience cheering)

Junior Singh.

(audience cheering)

Gori Veta.

(audience cheering)

Francis Indihing.

(audience cheering)

  • Amy Guo.

(audience cheering)

Hana Ving.

(audience cheering)

Sean Ling.

(audience cheering)


David Chow.

(audience cheering)

Ethan Meta.

(audience cheering)

Adrick Cula.

(audience cheering)

Ryan Senense.

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Alexandra Su Jin Jo.

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Samantha Dang.

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Eden Turgemon.

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Sotyan Dilo.

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Ian Dong.

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James Yao.

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Yani Mili.

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Mia Kimampadi.

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Stephanie Nekar.

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Emma Cruis.

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Grace Favor.

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Camila Wolf.

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Emily Barnhart Ross.

(audience cheering)

Rebecca Matsu.

(audience cheering)

Donna Karamsey.

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Aaron Moses Fao.

(audience cheering)

Shawna Hunaoni.

(audience cheering)

And Kira Terenzio.

(audience cheering)

Terenzio, sorry, hit the accent.

Ashlyn Dawa.

(audience cheering)

Max Glenn.

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And Gerald Anthony Aramio.

(audience cheering)

Elizabeth Allison.

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Julia Yu.

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Amy Yang.

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Joy Wong.

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Sonya Mahindra.

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Fize Coja.

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Renta Goyal.

(audience cheering)

Katherine Gong.

(audience cheering)

Jessica Chao.

(audience cheering)

Isabel Jo.

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Kathleen Kong.

(audience cheering)

Daniel Song.

(audience cheering)

Solish Agwa.

(audience cheering)

Juliana Chang.

(audience cheering)

Zoya Kan.

(audience cheering)

Josh Chestnut.

(audience cheering)

Michelle Van Politsky.

(audience cheering)

Isabel Eddie, sorry Isabeth excuse me.

(audience cheering)

Christina Davenport.

(audience cheering)

Julia Natal Smith.

(audience cheering)

Claire Jao.

(audience cheering)

Siana Knight.

(audience cheering)

Noel Link.

(audience cheering)

Olivia Renoso.

(audience cheering)

Magnus Aston.

(audience cheering)

Malika Moge.

(audience cheering)

Tali Miznor.

(audience cheering)


Rashika Cuturi.

(audience cheering)

Chelsea Keno.

(audience cheering)

Ardith Chavez.

(audience cheering)

Varu Man.

(audience cheering)

Sean Jane.

(audience cheering)

Mark Oysterman, Usterman excuse me.

(audience cheering)

And Michael Usterman.

(audience cheering)

Oncort Chuda.

(audience cheering)

Gavin Levi.

(audience cheering)

Ingoberta Yu.

(audience cheering)

Camalita Yut Yasintoh.

(audience cheering)

Savannah Alexandra Howard.

(audience cheering)

Vishnavi Cofil.

(audience cheering)

Chloe Lam.

(audience cheering)

James Wong.

(audience cheering)

Abdullah Kon.

(audience cheering)

Andrew Fam.

(audience cheering)

Ellen Oh.

(audience cheering)

Zachary Murphy.

(audience cheering)

Danielle Drizzlain.

(audience cheering)

Anna Miller.

(audience cheering)

Chase Winship.

(audience cheering)

Chris Ung.

(audience cheering)

Mika Grim.

(audience cheering)

Edma Rocha Junior.

(audience cheering)

Kijare Fikidi.

(audience cheering)

Yash Bonenbot.

(audience cheering)

Nina Hudate.

(audience cheering)

Karia Ann Rodich.

(audience cheering)

Ian Kumat.

(audience cheering)

Eric Dratu.

(audience cheering)

Thank you.

Sydney Ken.

(audience cheering)

Madeline Wong.

(audience cheering)

Tiffany Thang.

(audience cheering)

Cindy Chenteng.

(audience cheering)

Gina Chong.

(audience cheering)

Anna Katarina Helen Gebel.

(audience cheering)

Saahil Shangle.

(audience cheering)

Joshua Greenberg.

(audience cheering)

Anjika Satra.

(audience cheering)

Anna Shim.

(audience cheering)

  • Would the graduates please rise.

(audience cheering)

These are our outstanding graduates of the class of 2022.

(audience cheering)

Now we come to an exciting moment.

By virtue of the authority

vested in me by the president and the chancellor,

I grant you the degree of

Bachelor of Science and Business Administration.

You may now move your tassels to the left.

(audience cheering)

Please be seated.

It’s now official.

All of your graduates

have commenced a new lifelong relationship

with the Haas School in Berkeley as alumni.

We welcome you to this new role.

We are full of pride for you today,

and we eagerly anticipate your great accomplishments

in the future.

You have our best wishes for success.


(audience cheering)

Please join us at a reception in the courtyard

at the Haas School.

As I bring the ceremony to a close,

could the parents, family, and friends

please remain in place

and help me give a big final round of applause

to our graduates

as they recess out of the stadium

to the tune of the Cal Fight song.

(audience cheering)

Thank you all for coming.

The Commencement Ceremony is concluded.

(audience cheering)

(fight song playing)