Michael F. Price College of Business Convocation Dec 2022 - Second Ceremony | University of Oklahoma
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[Music] foreign [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] you can be seated please just looking over under the podium this is our second show tonight and I was looking for my old-fashioned but it's not under the podium so I think I'm gonna have to get it later good evening everyone I'm Corey Phelps I'm the dean of the Michael f price College of Business here at the University of Oklahoma it's my pleasure to welcome our graduates their family members and their friends here to the Michael f price College of Business fall 2022 convocation ceremony at the University of Oklahoma now I emphasize the University of Oklahoma because it's highlighted in my script I have a Post-It note up here because very recently I was in an event some of you may have been there where I welcomed everybody to the University of Washington now you might be wondering why did you welcome people to the University of Washington while I started my academic career there some 20 something years ago at UW and I don't know I had a senior moment and I could feel the word Washington come across my lips and I knew it was wrong but I have to tell you there's nothing like welcoming people to the University of Washington and half the audience shouting at you Oklahoma just is a nice reminder so welcome to the University of Oklahoma everyone so to the class of 2022 I want to say from everybody up here and myself congratulations you made it [Applause] so before we get started with the evening's program I'd like to point out that we've gone digital with our convocation program this year so please take a moment to scan the QR code that's either on your your flyer that was on your seat or on a sign in front of you in your seat uh that way you can follow along with the program tonight which should be pretty efficient if our first show is any indicator you can also request a printed copy of the program as a Keepsake information on how you can go about doing this in terms of a printed version is included in the electronic program and is going to be emailed to your graduates here early this week now with that bit of housekeeping out of the way I'd like to begin the program for the evening the national anthem this evening is going to be performed by Emily Dirks who is a double major in vocal music education and vocal performance in the weitzenhoffer family college of fine arts and is all herself a soon-to-be graduating senior so Emily would you please join us at the podium [Applause] [Music] twilight's last gleaming whose brought stripes and bright stars we watched were so gallantly streaming on the Rockets the bombs bursting in give proof of the night that our flag was still there oh say does that Star Spangled [Music] some of them [Music] foreign I don't know about you but every time I hear her sing that I have to reserve the temptation to say play ball but all avoid that tonight so thank you very much Emily for that fantastic rendition uh I'd like to now take a moment to recognize the members of our College leadership and faculty that have joined us for the celebration this evening I'd ask you to please save your applause until I get through naming all the individuals so joining me tonight is our is our senior associate Dean for faculty and research and Innovation and David C Steed chair in accounting that's Mr Wayne Thomas also joining us from the Steed School of accounting are Yoon fan executive director of the energy Institute depancargosh Gene Hale division director Karen Harris Hennis sorry Kami Kellis Shang zi Lin and Spencer Young from the division of finance we have asan azarmsa Mariam fatalahi division director chitru Fernando Abhishek Ganguly Sarah Holland Tom Hooper Alyssa Lee lubamir lutoff litoff excuse me and Jared Stanfield so finances come out in force tonight as has accounting I'd also like to recognize our faculty Marshals today from the division of international business we have Anna bellino from business Communications our director Kylie Harrison and from the division of marketing and Supply Chain management we have Jeff Schmidt sitting right there in front of me please join me in recognizing this exceptional group of Faculty members I'm looking at you because you know I'm going to introduce you so I'd like to like welcome another special guest this evening Oklahoma speaker of the house and price College alumnus Charles McCall is in attendance with us tonight thank you very much for joining us you may notice that many of our students are wearing special regalia representative of their various academic accomplishments the achievements they signify are listed in your program which again is available scanning that QR code on your seat we're incredibly proud of these students for their Superior performance in their academic endeavors price college graduates today marks a significant milestone for each of you while it represents the successful completion of a significant chapter in your life it also signifies a new beginning I wish you continued success as you embark on your next chapter whether it's an exciting new career or an advanced degree or just some well-deserved time time off I hope you'll continue to seek opportunities to impact the world the achievements being recognized today are rarely the result of a single person's effort I am thrilled to see so many family members and friends that have joined us tonight with these graduates because you've supported your graduates throughout their time here at OU this is also your day to celebrate their achievements graduates please join me in giving your families and friends a big and well-deserved Round of Applause I'd like to take a moment to reflect on this class that's with us tonight they make my colleagues and me incredibly proud while some of your OU Journeys may have started later a lot of you know price College before and after the covid pandemic began and while I arrived at OU early in the days of the pandemic nothing about this place has been diminished or watered down as a result of this and that's largely because of you you kept pushing you kept showing up to classes whether they were on Zoom or in person you kept showing up to your clubs and your organizations because you knew how they important they were to you you kept meeting with your advisors and professors because pandemic or not you were going to find a way to continue thriving you are what makes price College special and gives me confidence in our future one of the best parts about being a Dean is the Fountain of Youth that awaits me every day at work and the energy and commitment our students bring to learning there's an old joke that faculty members tell usually when they're facing their class for the first time and it goes something like this I keep getting older you stay the same age now I know it's not a very good joke but it's true because we keep getting older as faculty members and we get the great benefit every year of seeing a new group of 18 to 22 year olds a new group of people in their late 20s 30s 40s in our master's programs so it literally is a fountain of youth for all of us I've watched price students launch and run their own businesses successfully compete in National academic competitions present groundbreaking ideas to c-suite Executives from National companies plan and Lead meetings and conferences for local Business Leaders the list goes on and on if you ever want to feel inadequate how you spent your time in college I encourage you to sit down with a group of these graduates here and let them share their OU experiences with you if you're anything like me you'll be absolutely amazed and impressed from what you hear and also if you're like me you'll feel like a total slacker from when you were an undergraduate or a graduate student our students are setting a standard that has attracted more High Caliber Learners and thinkers to price College making us the fastest growing college at the University of Oklahoma we're bucking the national Trend while enrollments in higher education across the United States are declining price College enrollments have grown nearly 30 percent in the last five years your incredible work as graduates is the reason that price College recently Rose to number 64 in the national rankings for undergraduate business programs in the United States as well as being ranked a total of 23 times by 12 different National Publications in the past year alone our accomplishments are a testament to your efforts before I close I have a single request that I'd like to make of our graduates as many of you know our College's namesake and major benefactor Michael f price recently passed away last month in early may we celebrated His Life and Legacy in a ceremony just inside Dodson Courtyard next to price Hall this was an incredibly uplifting event held right outside as I just mentioned price Hall more than a hundred guests from across the country joined us 10 of Michael's family members were here friends that graduated with Michael back in the early 1970s were here and many of his former colleagues were here as well back to Michael who came to the University of Oklahoma from Long Island New York we don't get a lot of students from Long Island New York because he saw an incredible opportunity and that opportunity was OU football true story Michael came because Michael had become a die-hard OU Sooner football fan growing up in Long Island and had the desire to play for the Sooners unfortunately that didn't transpire but what he did do was in 1973 he graduated with a bachelor's degree business administration obviously from the College of Business and he promptly returned to New York where he launched what would turn out to be an incredibly productive career in finance however he never forgot where he started here at the University of Oklahoma OU and the college that would eventually bear his name had made a profound and lasting impact on him Michael loved OU and its business college and he wanted better for both he pushed us he motivated us and through his immense generosity he has allowed us to be better so here's my request graduates as you go out into the world I encourage you to be like Mike find something you love outside of your family and career a Cause an organization a movement and help make it better because we aren't the college we are today without the help of Michael f price we aren't in a position we're in today without the support of people who see the value in giving not just with money but with their time and their talent to build a better future for something bigger than themselves class of 2022 in all honesty I am inspired by you I know your time in college wasn't at all what many of you expected I know the tremendous sacrifice and effort that you made to get here today you stared adversity in the face and you kept pushing forward and you made it we couldn't be prouder of all of what you've done and all the success that awaits you and here shortly we will have the privilege of calling you price College alums like we say around here there's only one Oklahoma and there's only one of each of you and I can't thank you enough for making price College part of your life's journey now as we prepare to recognize our graduates I would like to take a moment to acknowledge three notable groups that are with us tonight first are the families with multiple Generations of OU alums the legacy of sending your children and your grandchildren and even for some of you here tonight your great-grandchildren to owe you is a critical part of the success of this great Institution through your family you've helped us continue that great sooner tradition thank you for your commitment to OU and for your continued involvement with price College thank you [Applause] second I'd like to recognize our students who are the first in their families to graduate with a college degree you are the start of a new Legacy within your family and we hope this is only the beginning of a long line of Sooners to come congratulations on your impressive accomplishments and finally I'd like to recognize our International students who are graduating today I can only imagine how difficult your choice was to come to Oklahoma to pursue your degree far from your family from your friends and from your culture it was made even tougher by a pandemic that most likely prevented you from being with your families and your friends as much as you would have liked I want to take a moment to honor you and your efforts and let you know we appreciate you for what you've done for Price college and for OU thank you okay we're coming to the best part trust me class of 2022 on behalf of the faculty and staff of the Michael f price College of Business please know how proud We Are of you we're excited to see you become the Business Leaders that our state nation and World need congratulations now go change the world [Applause] so to my left is Joe Doolin an instructor in the John T Steed School of accounting who will now read the names of our graduation candidates we ask that family members and friends please remain seated until the completion of the ceremony a professional photographer will take each graduate's picture as they cross the stage graduates after you cross the stage please return to your seat and remain there through the entirety of this event to support and celebrate your fellow graduate success it's now my great honor to present the University of Oklahoma Michael f price College of Business Class of 2022. Joe take it away [Applause] well our master degree candidates please stand and follow your Marshall to the platform Joseph Walter mixer Fontaine Marie Graham Kristen Coates Luhan Peter McDonald John Irvine Andrew Cox Carly Jane Culver Kelly Wisner Trudy melson Becky Bogle summer la bestida clay Mitchell Amy Abernathy Christopher Allen White Jake Sutton Burke Thorpe Paul Cagle Tamer El Coulee Duran Gunter Donald gray Jr Tony Chung Travis Carr Spence one Malcolm Xavier Skinner [Music] Ruth Ann Cruz Seth Big Daddy Lane Chris McCabe Meredith plane he's got a little ahead of myself Isabel Muirhead Michael Hensley foreign Carson heron Hannah Hines Thomas Gerald Scott Phillips Emily Burleson Sarah Bowen [Music] Casey Lapham Holly Maxwell Brook wumbled a me cell Alonso Gonzalez Ivan Herrera Livingston McKenzie Jr [Music] Connor Whitehurst Matthew irondorfer [Music] Brooks Dylan hasselman Matthew Jean Smith Heather Holliday annalize smaitubby Tyler William Cox hairstyle B Nicole Chev Matthew Patton klingman [Music] David S long Hannah Leal trinisha Tate Anthony horn Matthew Wade Porter [Music] Randall Wilbanks Logan Wilsey Mackenzie Stinson Paul Townsend Carrie Martinez prachi nazaritum foreign Natalie Tomlin Morgan McCoy Isabella Barr Hill Catherine Krieger Gabrielle Ramirez Cecily Lloyd [Music] wait up Matthew McNutt Tana win Charles [Music] Dustin Maudie Daniel Wallace Jonathan little Connor Birch Ali Hunters you Saddam sadanth Jane [Music] Brad Smith Savannah Davison Silas maple Laken angel Andrew Aston Kayla Gill [Music] Sylvia Giza Christopher Thomas Carson Turner our final Masters candidate Kayla Talbert samaj Adams Jacob Malo Brenda Gaylord vikash Patel tall events Ryan Eggleston Sophie zimbach Malia Owen Cook Jeremy Treadway Alexandra Mitchell John Atlas Marsh Jonah Addison Barth Charles A McCall V Daniel Franken or Franklin Daniel Franklin [Music] Pendergrass Bobby Pendergrass Taylor Dawn McKinney arushi Raji Shankar Anna Avery Ryan peoples Eric Windham Michael Anderson Kayla Albright my teaching assistant and wonderful student Olivia Griffin Pauline Lee James opotnik Taylor Elliott Molly McCown Logan Ellis Macy Kidwell Peyton Otto Luis Carmona Connor Johnson Eric Hernandez [Applause] Thor Gustafson Garrett Garcia Niraj Patel [Applause] Kaden coborn Brenton Harris Jose Velasquez Andrew villani Brendan Fitzhugh Drew carneg Lauren Curry Brett Smith Lexi faith greymion Victoria Rose Agy Catherine Grace Keely Muhammad aldriss [Music] Wyatt Henry Jacob Foster [Applause] Jalen Rodriguez Shea Wiley Brady Mandrell Douglas Adair II Jackson Stewart Jack Williams Jackson j-mac McCormick Robert Scott Hubbard Jr Dylan topolsky Michael bricky Kent Lawrence [Music] Taylor Jones Carmen Williams ah I'm tired just listening to Joe this is his second show I don't know how many names 400 names 300 names somewhere in there he does it really really really well I'm always impressed with him so I think we need to give it up for Joe [Applause] so as we conclude tonight's ceremony let's do so with a grand OU tradition please stand and join us in singing the OU chant LED once again by miss Emily Dirks okay l h o m a our chance rolls on and on so strong join heart and song in all my Martyrs Praise of Campus Beautiful by day and night of colors proudly gleaming red and white [Music] Sky Oh you's church will never die live on universe City [Applause] so in the previous ceremony we had just a few hours ago Emily knock a second line in there at the end and surprised everybody so thank you Emily for that tremendous rendition of the OU Chan so congratulations to all of you at this time graduates please move your tassels from your right to your left [Applause] all right since nobody said it Boomer thank you thank you all for joining us this evening for this special event this concludes our convocation ceremony once our platform party that sounds so great platform party there should be a party on the platform we'll do that next time please exit and meet your graduates outside McCaslin field house as our events team wraps up a long day of graduation here on campus we can't thank them enough for their hard work you know who you are and thank you so much now if you would please stand as our platform party departs congratulations again class of 2022.
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