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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

We finally made it. It is such an honor to stand before mothers, fathers, friends and future business leaders and address a pressing topic: the rest of our lives. As I begin, I would like to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to this University. On behalf of the December Class of 2015, to the professors and staff, thank you for your continued persistence to the betterment of the future. Your hard work, empathy, compassion and desire to make this University a better place, are manifested in front of you at this very moment. You have all left an impact on us in some way, whether it was scheduling special office hours, introducing us to employers or truly understanding our concerns to do well in your courses. Because of that, you are and always will be a part of our success.

Do you know that moment when something finally “clicks”? The sudden shock of the immaculate epiphany, and it makes you go, “Oh yeah!” I would like to share with you a realization I had about 15 years ago, in hopes that we can all resonate in the same frequency.

Oh my gosh. This is awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had just opened the birthday present I wanted the most: a Power Rangers Megazord. It had all of the best colors of the Power Rangers on it: candy apple red, royal blue, bubblegum pink, sun yellow, pupil black, and victory green. I was so excited to finally have it in my hands, and not be limited to its excitement by a TV screen on Saturday mornings. I ripped open the package, and I began to play with it and for some reason….I just felt something was missing. Turns out, I checked the package and it required a 9-volt battery, so the best parts of the toy, the sound effects, the lights, the automated movements, they weren’t happening because we forgot to put the battery in it. So, in a way, the battery was the best part of the toy, because it allowed it to come to life. And when I first opened it, I didn’t realize that it needed the battery, I just felt it needed something more. Almost like an intuition. So after this short emotional roller coaster I’m sitting there on the carpet and I’m thinking to myself. What brings me to life? What's my battery?

“I ask of the Class of 2015 that we have the fearlessness to lead with our hearts first, and not our bank accounts. Show compassion, be authentic, reach out in your community, volunteer and give back.”

Many years later, I eventually came to the realization that the battery is the soul, the driving force that brings us to life. It gives us energy, passion and most importantly, the capacity for love. However, here at UT Dallas we have been following something different. For the past four years, we have been aggressively battling in the cerebral arena, (a locational metaphor that UT Dallas is primarily recognized as), and we have been playing the grade game. Studying long hours, honing memorization skills, expanding critical thinking and making our grades count. We take it so seriously that we sometimes place our entire self-worth on five letters of the alphabet. And so now we have to wonder, why are we basing our self-worth and happiness on material things? There are plenty of “successful” people out there who have it all: the American Dream. The imported cars, million-dollar homes and diamond-filled dressers, But they still aren't happy. Why? Because you can't buy your way into happy. You can't think your way into happy. Happiness is a feeling. It starts as an emotion. It starts within.

I ask of the Class of 2015 that we have the fearlessness to lead with our hearts first, and not our bank accounts. Show compassion, be authentic, reach out in your community, volunteer and give back. Give yourself permission to feel, because when we start operating at a heart level, absolutely wonderful things begin to happen. We begin to develop real connections with people: family, friends, coworkers, neighbors etc. We begin to hearticulate, which is to combine the words “heart” and “articulate” and truly speak from the heart. We become more trusting, more open and more loving. Most importantly, when we operate on a heart level, we surrender. We loosen our grip on what we think our lives should be, and we start living who we actually are. We give full trust to the powers of the divine, whatever that may be for you, which allows us to flow with life instead of swim against it. When we operate on a heart level, we begin to live our purpose. So with me right now, I want the Class of 2015 to close your eyes with me and feel your battery. Feel the electricity and driving force that has brought us to this very moment, and just take a few moments to reflect.

Now, in the words of Steve Jobs, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Greyson R. Morgan graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He is a member of the Tau Sigma honor society and has been a repeat member of Dean’s List. He plans to pursue an entrepreneurial career in Silicon Valley.