The weekend of June 16, 2018, will certainly be marked as a historic event not just for the scholars graduating Stanford School of Business but for A Few Good Clicks too. As a corporate event photographer in the silicon valley, I usually have a chance to understand the requirements well in advance. This not only helps to produce high-quality images but also exceed expectations. However, the Stanford Graduation Ceremony event was a very last minute gig that I was fortunate to be appointed for.
With very little brief, I rolled up my sleeves and jumped right into what I envisioned would offer a true experience of the Graduation Day Photography in Palo Alto, California.
Before I share all the social event photographs, I must speak about the class of 2018 at Stanford Graduate School of Business. The school received the highest number of applications (8116) with only 6% acceptance rate cementing the elite status of top MBA program around the world. Average Gmat score of this class was 737 making it one of the hardest but like the key note speaker Carlos Brito mentioned in his speech, “It’s not impossible to accomplish the Stanford program but it is just very difficult”.
Furthermore, If I have to do justice to the convocation event scenes at Maples Pavilion in Stanford university, I would say the arena was humming with the entrepreneurial energies. One could sense the academically accomplished students ready to set out in the world to honour the mission: “Change Lives, Change Organizations, Change the World.” The sound of excitement and happiness filled the amphitheatre with the cauldron effect for every single student walking up to the stage.
The Commencement Day Event Ceremony started off with welcome & remarks by Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of the Graduate School of Business
Address to the Class of 2018 was by Carlos Brito, Stanford Alum class of '89 and currently the CEO of Anheuser-Bush InBev ( a Belgian-Brazilian transnational beverage and brewing company )
The ceremony encompassed awarding the Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science in Management Degrees, and concluded with Master of Business Administration Degrees.
Before the closing remarks, the school also made announcements of Arjay Miller Scholars, and Presentation of the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award, Alexander A. Robichek Student Achievement Awards in Finance and Henry Ford II scholar award.