Commencement ceremonies for the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics on May 21 and 22 will feature three graduating student speakers. They share their college experiences and plans for the future.  

Commencement for Mihaylo’s students will take place over two days later this month. Accounting, business analytics, economics, ISDS, professional business students and graduate students will be honored on Saturday, May 21. Entertainment and tourism, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, MBA, management, marketing and risk management/insurance students will graduate on Sunday, May 22.

The 1,902 participating outgoing business students will hear from three fellow graduates. Hannah Chapman ’16 (management-legal studies) and Lydia Wang ’16 (ISDS) will speak to graduates on May 21, and Amanda Tran ’16 (international business-Chinese) will speak on May 22.

Hannah Chapman, a 2016 Mihaylo College grad and commencement speaker, in cap and gown.

Mihaylo management-legal studies major and BICC President Hannah Chapman.

Hannah Chapman ’16

“My secret to success has often been summed up with the adage, ‘fake it ‘til you make it,’” says Chapman. “As graduating students entering the workforce, we will be challenged with unknowns. By already displaying the confidence and skills needed to perform well, we can train and challenge ourselves to become the people employers are looking for rather quickly,” says Chapman. “Study your role models and request an informational interview to learn how they arrived in their current place. Be open to passing down advice to others who may be looking up to you.”

Chapman has served as president of the Business Inter-Club Council (BICC) since May 2015, one of several administrative, event-planning and mentoring positions she has held on campus through the BICC and the Business Honors Program. She has also participated in the Women’s Leadership Program.

Looking back at her Mihaylo days, she considers her experiences in the Business Honors Program as the biggest takeaways from her education. “They do a wonderful job of sponsoring the success of well-rounded and hardworking individuals,” she says. “Above all, I greatly enjoyed the three-week study abroad program I took during the winter intercession of my junior year. We studied the economies of the European Union by traveling to England, France, Germany and Belgium. The experience was a very enriching and educational adventure.”

Post-graduation, Chapman plans to continue working as an accounting assistant at a local motorcycle dealership, teach English in Ukraine for the fourth summer as a volunteer for Josiah Venture and embark on an MBA program.

Lydia Wang, a 2016 Mihaylo College grad and commencement speaker, at the Fullerton Arboretum in cap and gown.

Former BICC president and ISDS major Lydia Wang’16.

Lydia Wang ’16

Since her freshman year, Wang has been a student leader with the BICC. Beginning as co-chair of events, she was later elected vice president of finance and finally president for the 2014-2015 term. She has also worked on campus at the Mihaylo Tutoring Center and as an ISDS Supplemental Instruction leader and participated in the university’s cross country and track and field teams.

“My Mihaylo education has been greatly influenced by the college’s faculty and staff,” she says. “I’ve gained so much learning from professors such as Shaun Pichler, Jordan Barlow, Mabel Kung, Hung Lu, Zvi Drezner, Ofir Turel, Pramod Pandya and Kazi Ahmed. I’ve also enjoyed working with faculty such as Sinjini Mitra, David Cavagnaro, Hema Paliwal, Amanda Leon, Emeline Yong and Sara Hebda. The list is probably longer, but it just shows how grateful I am to work with these amazing people.”

While still deciding on her future, Wang hopes to have a career with Google and continue her education. “I’d love to work for Google and pursue higher education in psychology or mathematics,” she says.

Amanda Tran, a 2016 Mihaylo College grad, stands in cap and gown outside of College Park at Cal State Fullerton.

International business major and vice president of the International Business Club Amanda Tran ’16.

Amanda Tran ’16

“My greatest takeaway from my Mihaylo education is to not to be afraid to be visible and show others what skills you have to offer,” says Tran. “Being heavily involved on campus has taught me the more visible and active I am within the college, the more opportunities come in the form of scholarships, internships, professional networking and employment.”

Tran has been the vice president and BICC representative for the International Business Club since early 2015. She is also a member of the Mihaylo Leadership Scholars, the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, the Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) and the Women’s Leadership Program.

Looking to the future, Tran hopes to work in human resources for several years before pursuing an MBA either at Mihaylo College, USC or UCI. She aspires to a human resources generalist position.

Among her favorite quotes is Walt Disney’s encouragement, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

For More on Commencement

For more information on this year’s commencement, visit the Cal State Fullerton Commencement website. Mihaylo-specific questions can be directed to mihaylocommencement@fullerton.edu. For graduation apparel and memorabilia, check out Titan Shops.

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