Keywords: Graduation, Dolf van den Brink, Heineken
Sixty-nine transforming leaders received their business graduate degrees, applauded by their family members and friends who accompanied them on June 16 in the EGADE Business School Monterrey June 2018 Graduation Ceremony.
This group, made up of 66 masters and three doctors, originating from diverse cities in Mexico, Germany, Colombia, Ecuador and Spain, now forms part of the generation from the 75th anniversary of Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Specifically, 33 graduated from the MBA, 11 from the MBA in Global Business and Strategy (MBA-GBS), 10 from the OneMBA, nine from the Master of Finance (MAF), two from the Master of Marketing, one from the Master of International Business, and three from the Ph.D. in Business Administration.
The ceremony was presided over by David Garza, Rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey; Juan Pablo Murra, Dean of the School of Business; Ignacio de la Vega, Dean of EGADE Business School; Raquel Castaño, Associate Dean of Faculty; Laura Zapata, Associate Academic Dean; and the guest of honor and guest speaker, Dolf van den Brink, President and CEO of Heineken México.
Members of the Board of Directors, academic program directors, Department directors and the faculty that belong to the EGADE Business School academic council were also present.
In his speech, Van den Brink shared three pieces of advice with the graduating students for that extremely important moment in their lives: first, “go to difficult places”; second, “if you want to receive, first give”; and, third, “make this world a little bit better”.
“Put into practice everything you have learned here at EGADE. This is an incredible place that has given you so much. Go out into the world, go to those difficult places that will teach you so much. Remember that if you want to receive, you must first give. And don’t forget that in the middle of all this success, you must try to find a way to make this world a little bit better,” emphasized the CEO of the Dutch beer group.
In turn, De la Vega encouraged the graduates to take on a leading role in Mexico and Latin America, where many challenges exist, but also many positive arguments that generate confidence, above all, the generation of new leaders with the talent and commitment to make significant contributions.
“The world you face demands of you a new leadership style: humanistic, inspiring, entrepreneurial, positive and global. The responsibility of transforming society in Mexico and Latin America is in your hands. Do it!” exclaimed the dean of EGADE Business School.
In her message on behalf of the graduating class, Karla Yadira García Villarreal (MBA) highlighted that the culmination of their graduate studies represents a new beginning and opportunity to put into practice what they have learned and to be agents of change in their personal contexts.
“The fundamental challenge is still current: transforming knowledge into true wisdom. Today’s world calls for us to act clearly and decisively, to work in teams and as a team on concrete, reflective actions that will translate into a better quality of life,” declared the summa cum laude graduate.
To close the event, Garza reminded the graduates of the meaning of the Rector’s Building Mural, one of the most iconic symbols of Tecnológico de Monterrey, located at Campus Monterrey and that portrays the daily triumph of civilization and culture over the dark forces of stagnation and apathy.
“Our country faces many challenges, but it is also a land of opportunity. Mexico needs to progress faster, and, thanks to you, we will be able to achieve this,” said the rector of Tecnológico de Monterrey, who then took the new graduates’ pledge.
Including this graduating class, EGADE Business School has awarded a total of 4,420 academic degrees, thus fulfilling its unwavering purpose of contributing to the preparation of men and women in the community, with an entrepreneurial spirit, a sense of humanity and who are internationally competitive.
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