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Commencement, senior class speakers address Broad College of Business graduates

May 8, 2022
<p>Eli Broad College of Business spring 2022 commencement was held May 7, 2022 at the Breslin Center. </p>

Eli Broad College of Business spring 2022 commencement was held May 7, 2022 at the Breslin Center.

Photo by Maddy Warren | The State News

Graduates of the Eli Broad Business College walked across the stage during the college’s spring 2022 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7. 

Family and friends gathered in the Breslin Center to watch over 900 students receive bachelor’s degrees in accounting, finance, hospitality business, human resource management, management, marketing and supply chain management.

The ceremony was live-streamed for family and friends who could not attend in person. All graduation ceremonies will be available for viewing about one week after their conclusion. 

MSU alumnus, Nissim Capital founder and managing director and co-founder and chairman of Grand River Solutions Jerome Behar was the commencement speaker. 

“I’m delighted to address the Eli Broad College of Business Class of 2022 and welcome you into a club that has been the most enduring and meaningful of my lifetime. You are now Michigan State graduates and alumni,” Behar said. “While you graduate today, your education is just starting. You have demonstrated that you're good learners. Your career success depends on you becoming lifelong learners.”

Behar shared a quote from his Stanford School of Business commencement ceremony that he said resonated with him: “As you leave here, remember why you came.”

Supply chain management graduate Sachi Arora addressed the graduates and attendees as the senior class speaker. 

Before concluding her speech, she left her peers with three pieces of advice: lead with gratitude, don’t lose sight of your passions and believe in yourself; take the leap of faith.

“Each of us is here today as a result of many leaps of faith and believing in ourselves,” Arora said. “Always push yourself to say yes and take the leap because you never know what decision might just change the trajectory of your life.”

Arora said she is proud to be a Broad Spartan and that the Broad community is the most supportive and selfless community.

“Broad Spartans are resilient, humbled, constantly challenging what it means to be a leader and most importantly, there for one another,” Arora said.

Although the graduates’ time as students in East Lansing is ending, Arora encouraged her peers to continue being Broad Spartans. 

“We all reached an amazing milestone here today — joining a network of over half a million alumni,” Arora said. “The memories we made and traditions we participated in at Michigan State, will stay with us forever. We will always be Spartans. We will carry on the Spartan legacy and that is something to be proud of. As the saying goes: ‘Spartans Will’ — and we did.”

Marketing graduate Nick Yoshioka said he loved how motivational the commencement speaker and senior class speaker were.

“The student speaker was very relatable in terms of my experience and her experience, as for was the regular speaker as well,” Yoshioka said. “It felt like a good amount of time. It didn't feel like it was too long or too short.”

Yoshioka added graduating from MSU is bittersweet. 

“I definitely think that you can't compare two different phases of your life accurately like when it comes to being in college versus when you're outside of college,” Yoshioka said. “I just think this is a new phase of my life that I’m entering into and it's exciting and scary, but more so exciting because you never know what's gonna happen next.”

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