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Dilpreet Singh

Master’s of Science, Information Technology & Management

President Benson, Provost Musselman, Vice President Wildenthal, Dean Pirkul, distinguished faculty, families, friends and the class of 2017, we made it. Let's take a moment to congratulate ourselves. I feel immensely honored standing here today to reflect upon the wonderful time we spent during the past years at UT Dallas. To ensure clear communication with the social media generation, hashtag references will be used — #yourewelcome.

Reflecting back to the time when we began our educational career at the esteemed Naveen Jindal School of Management, we were blessed with the opportunity to learn from a team of magnificent faculty who worked hard to sharpen our business acumens for the corporate world. It also presented us with the opportunity to gain an international exposure through our extremely passionate and diverse network of classmates and alumni. I am proud to say that we have students from over 100 countries. Interacting with different cultures led to memorable experiences. Today, on behalf of the class 2017, I would like to express our gratitude to all the professors and friends for imparting knowledge and laying a strong foundation for our bright futures.

"The primary lesson we learned is never to fear challenges, rather to take them as opportunities to rise."

The Jindal School of Management has established itself as one of the top-ranked business schools, and we have been very fortunate to be a part of this growth. It recently was ranked fifth in the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings worldwide, which is a huge milestone — #whoopwhoop.

JSOM has an impeccable all-round development approach for its students. We not only excelled in academics, we embraced our leadership skills through various student organizations, which gave us the opportunity to organize guest speaker events, connect with industry professionals and participate in national case competitions.

The Career Management Center — #hirejsom — played a crucial role in conducting networking events, job fairs, mock interviews, resume critiques and industry visits. The peer-to peer mentorship program helped us learn through real-time school experiences of our mentors. In addition, scholarships, roles as research and teaching assistants, and the Dean’s Council Owlie Awards, graciously recognized our service, dedication and hard work. We came here with a motive: to learn and to grow. These resources have nourished our overall personalities to tackle real-life situations and achieve our goals.

My graduate school journey, though hard and competitive, has taught me a lot. But the beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you, and I am sure that you all can relate to that. The primary lesson we learned is never to fear challenges, rather to take them as opportunities to rise. Our professors always motivated and helped us to realize our own potential. For instance, I thought it would be hard for me to excel in academics. But with amazing guidance from all our committed faculty and staff, I scored a 4.0 GPA in my first year and continued with the Dean’s Excellence scholarship.

The second lesson we learned is to be persistent and never give up. We have filled out tons of job applications and received some rejections. Trust me, we will all land in our dream jobs. But always remember and cherish the journeys that got us there.

This day would be incomplete without mentioning the unsung heroes and folks behind the scenes who have had a huge impact in our lives. On the behalf of the class of 2017, I would like to thank our parents, families and friends for their unconditional support and sacrifices. Because of them, we stand here today with our heads high and ambitions to conquer the world. Along our journey, we also met a lot of influential people who helped and motivated us to stay positive and make the right decisions. For me, my friends, Steven and Kelsey Gordon, professor Vivek Arora and my manager, Suchandra Bagchi, were a great support and excellent mentors. Thank you so much.

As Uncle Ben from "Spider Man" once said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” #quoteoftheday. Likewise, with the power of our prestigious degrees, it is our responsibility to uphold the spirit of UT Dallas and live up to its core values. And, as we embark on our journey in the professional world, let's make a promise to be the brand ambassador of UT Dallas and make a difference by giving back to our school and society at large — #whoosh #memories #nevergiveup #peaceout

Dilpreet Singh graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Science degree in information technology and management. After graduation, he will work as project analyst at New York Life.