At the EGADE Business School Mexico City campus graduation ceremony, a total of 145 students were awarded master, doctorate, or specialty degrees from the EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey. The new graduating class is capping this important training as entrepreneurial leaders with humane values, and who are competitive internationally.
At the graduation ceremony held at the EGADE Business School Mexico City campus on May 15, Professor David Noel Ramírez, the rector of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, awarded diplomas to the 145 students graduating this semester from several graduate business programs.
There were 95 graduates from the Master in Business Administration and Management (MBA), 28 from the Master in Administration, 11 from the Master in Finance, 10 from the Specialty in Energy Management, and one PhD student in Financial Sciences.
It was a multicultural class, with students from 17 Mexican states and from nine different countries: Austria, Colombia, France, Germany, Panama, Peru, Poland, Spain, and Venezuela.
The ceremony was presided over by Juan Pablo Murra Lascurain, the dean of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Business School; Professor David Noel Ramírez, the rector of the Tecnológico de Monterrey; Dr. Rashid Abella Yunes, the vice president of the Mexico City campus; Dr. Teresa Almaguer Salazar, the academic director of EGADE Business School; CPA José Antonio Quesada Palacios, the director of the Mexico City campus of the EGADE Business School; and the guest speaker Mr. Jorge Vega Iracelay, the senior manager of Corporate, Legal, and Philanthropic Affairs at Microsoft México and the assistant general counsel of Microsoft Corporation. The Board of Directors, support directors, department heads, and faculty members of EGADE Business School were also present.
In his welcome speech, Mr. Jorge Vega Iracelay analyzed the business context that the EGADE Business School grads will face as leaders, a context marked by the whirlwind fourth industrial revolution that is transforming the economy and the labor market.
Citing a recent OECD report, Jorge Vega noted that innovations such as big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of things “are changing radically the outlook on the types of jobs that will be needed in the future, which creates greater job insecurity and increasing inequality.” It is estimated that five million jobs will be lost, most of them low value-added, affected mainly by the automatization of tasks, and two million new positions will be created in digital skills. “But the challenge is the same size as the opportunity; the digital economy has proven to have great wealth-creating potential and sophisticated solutions to complex problems, making it easier to include groups that are traditionally left out,” he added.
The Microsoft manager also encouraged the new grads to find the “inner light,” to live the present and to leave behind the fear of failure. “Success leads to the biggest defects: arrogance, ego, pride, the evil axis, enemies of our own knowledge, of our inner light … but failure can lead to the most-important success factors: humility, learning, compassion, and, without a doubt, happiness,” he stated.
After the diplomas were awarded, the new graduate David Luna Espinosa, from the Energy Management Specialty, gave a speech representing the graduating class. “Today, we cap a period of dedication, of effort and sacrifice, but it is the beginning of the all-important work as a member of the privileged less-than-1% of the population with a master’s degree. This degree we are awarded today should not be forgotten in a drawer,” he said, highlighting the importance of fulfilling the debt to society and the commitment taken on. “Let’s move forward without being resigned, let us question the status quo and challenge the situations we don’t agree with,” he urged.
Finally, Professor David Noel Ramírez gave a speech to the graduating class, asking them to recommit to and think about what it means to be an EGADE Business School graduate. “We trust that tomorrow you will not only be holders of master degrees in your area but also be excellent people and leaders for transformation. Live out the mission and vision of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. We want leaders who dream big and have the courage to make their dreams come true…In this life it is better to fail while trying to triumph than not to triumph for fear of failure,” he noted.
The rector of the Tecnológico de Monterrey emphasized the entrepreneurial spirit and guts needed to be a leader, and the importance of humane values. “Humane values at the Tecnológico de Monterrey mean asking for three huge, nonnegotiable commitments from our graduates: commitment to integrity and ethics, commitment to citizen participation, and commitment to your debt to society.”
With this graduation ceremony, EGADE Business School reaffirms its mission of helping train leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, with humane values, and who are competitive internationally.
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