Carlos Brito to Class of 2018: What Would the World Miss if You Did Not Exist?

Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO and Stanford alumnus advised graduates to seek a higher motivation.

June 17, 2018

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Class of 2018 graduates | Saul Bromberger

On Saturday, June 16, at Maples Auditorium, Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito, MBA ’89, addressed 532 students with the question: What would the world miss if you were not here? Why is humanity better off because of you?

Brito encouraged the Class of 2018 to find answers by seeking a deeper meaning in their work.

“A higher order of motivation is not only about you, but about other people and the world around you,” Brito said. “As you enter this new phase, make sure you have a measure, a test, that is bigger than just you.”

Brito also encouraged the Class of 2018 to choose a challenging path that he likened to his experience at Stanford GSB, not impossible, just really hard. “You can’t let yourself be comfortable for too long,” Brito said. “If you stay too long within your comfort zone, you fall into some sort of routine and your learning curve flattens. Push yourself out of that situation, into a not impossible, just really hard situation.”

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Carlos Brito, MBA ’89 and Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO | Saul Bromberger

Jonathan Levin, Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean of Stanford GSB, also addressed graduates. He encouraged them to be leaders who act with empathy, courage, and responsibility as they build a future world they may not yet be able to see.

“As today’s graduates,” Dean Levin said, “you will be in a position to help shape and guide the changes that will occur in the future. And you will have an obligation, as leaders, to do so responsibly, and to address the questions people are asking today.”

The diploma ceremony celebrated 550 awarded degrees this year:

  • 423 MBAs
  • 104 Masters of Science (MSx)
  • 22 PhDs
  • 1 Masters of Arts in Business Research

Of those graduates, 11% earned a joint degree:

  • 20 in education
  • 9 in law
  • 21 in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
  • 7 in computer science

Public Management Program certificates were awarded to 131 graduates.

Celine Chalhoub was recognized as this year’s Ernest C. Arbuckle Award winner.

The Henry Ford II Scholar, selected for academic achievement, was earned by Jack Marzulli.

The Alexander A. Robicheck Student Achievement Award was earned by Robert McLean Mitchnick.

The George G.C. Parker Prize recipient was Sun On Gilford Law.

Forty two MBA graduates were named Arjay Miller Scholars, recognized as the top 10% academically of the graduating MBA class.

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