Harvard | Mr. Community Impact
GMAT 690, GPA 3.0
Harvard | Mr. Belgium 2+2
GMAT 760, GPA 3.8
Rice Jones | Mr. ToastMasters Treasurer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Microsoft India
GMAT 780, GPA 7.14
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Wharton | Mr. Philanthropist
GRE 324, GPA 3.71
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Mr. IDF Commander
GRE Waved, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Kellogg | Mr. Operations Analyst
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.3
London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
GMAT 700, GPA 2.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Ross | Mr. Professional MMA
GMAT 640, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Investment
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Tech Exec
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Big Beer
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
GMAT 750, GPA 7.54/10
Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Duke Fuqua | Mr. CPA To Finance
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Big 4
GMAT 770, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2

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.


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.