Duke Fuqua | Mr. O&G Geoscientist
GRE 327, GPA 2.9
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Big Pharma
GRE 318, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Indian O&G EPC
GMAT 730, GPA 3.75
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Mr. Indian Globetrotter
GMAT 750, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Jill Of All Trades
GRE 314, GPA 3.36
Berkeley Haas | Ms. Midwest Startup
GRE 328, GPA 3.51
Stanford GSB | Mr. S.N. Bose Scholar
GMAT 770, GPA 3.84
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB
GMAT 740, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Swing Big
GRE N/A, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Big Brother
GRE 329, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Kenan-Flagler | Ms. Nonprofit Admin
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Top Three
GRE 310, GPA 2.7
Ross | Mr. NCAA to MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Kellogg | Mr. 770 Dreamer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.77/10
Tepper | Mr. Tech Strategist
GRE 313, GPA 3.0
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD To MBA
GRE 326, GPA 3.01
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Musician To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 1.6
Harvard | Mr. Bangladeshi Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.31
MIT Sloan | Mr. Generic Nerd
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Darden | Mr. Military Vet
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. ELS
GRE 318, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Investment Banking
GMAT 750, GPA 3.1
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. US Army Veteran
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7

Dr. Mehmet Oz’s 2012 Commencement Speech at Wharton

Dr. Mehmet Oz, the two-time Emmy® Award-winning host of the The Dr. Oz Show, is something of a surprise business school commencement speaker. But he came to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School this year to deliver the keynote address.

A professor of surgery at Columbia University and a best-selling author, Dr. Oz was introduced by Wharton Dean Thomas S. Robertson, who noted to the more than 900 MBA recipients and hundreds of their family members, “Optimism is an undervalued commodity. Indeed it is the fuel of human progress.”

Dr. Oz greeted the audience by saying, “Graduation is a time to reflect on the meaning of success and what will make you happy.” He then highlighted his “Top Ten Tips for Success and Happiness.”

They are as follows:

10. Every day feel productive and challenged in a way tailor made for your unique desires and strengths.

9. Generate an expertise in an area other than the profession in which you earn your living.

8. Develop a system for living your life, meeting challenges and evaluating opportunities.

7. Find a mentor, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses, and copy their positive attributes.

6. Whatever you choose, do it fully with a passion and child-like enthusiasm.

5. No one is a jerk on purpose. Let people surprise you.

4. Recognize relationships need to keep growing and partners should positively influence each other.

3. Never forget that the body is the temple of the soul.

2. Live in the present. Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.

1. Make the driving force in your life love, even more than wisdom. Humans die, not of darkness, but of cold.

DON’T MISS: SHERYL SANDBERG’S INSPIRING 2012 CLASS DAY SPEECH AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL or LINKEDIN FOUNDER REID HOFFMAN’S 2012 COMMENCEMENT SPEECH AT BABSON COLLEGE

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.