The Best MBA Graduation Speakers For 2015


Texas (McCombs)

Date: May 22, 2015

Speaker: Ray Nixon (’77), Executive Director Equity Portfolio Manager and Member of the Board of Managers at Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney, and Strauss, Inc.

Graduation Information: McCombs Graduation Information



Cornell (Johnson)

Date: May 24, 2015

Speaker: Dean Soumitra Dutta (He will be the speaker at the two Johnson recognition ceremonies on Saturday, May 23rd. One ceremony is for residential MBA graduates, the other for executive MBA graduates).

Graduation Information: 2015 Cornell University Commencement

 Additional Information: Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly will be the speakers for Convocation on Saturday, May 23rd. Cornell University President David Skorton will be the speaker for Commencement on Sunday, May 24th.



Harvard Business School

Date: May 28, 2015

Speaker: Scott Cook, Intuit (’76) (Class Day)

Graduation Information: Harvard University Commencement

Additional Information: Class Day is not to be confused with graduation. It’s the day before, and is really for members of the Class, parents, friends, alumni.  It includes Scott Cook’s address, a student address, and teaching awards to professors.



MIT (Sloan)

Date: June 4, 2015

Speaker: Daryl J. Carter, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Avanath Capital Management, LLC

Graduation Information: 2015 MIT Sloan Convocation

Additional Note: Carter holds a Masters in Management from MIT Sloan.



UCLA (Anderson)

Date: June 12, 2015

Speaker: Brian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, Target

Graduation Information: UCLA Anderson Commencement

Additional Note: Cornell graduated from Anderson’s executive program in 1991.



Chicago (Booth)

Date: June 13, 2015

Speakers: Clayton Rose (’81), Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School and President-Elect at Bowdoin College and Nicholas Epley, John Templeton Keller Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of                                                                 Chicago Booth School of Business

Graduation Information: Chicago Booth Convocation


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Stanford Graduate School of Business

Date: June 13, 2015

Speaker: Tom Steyer (’83), President of NextGen Climate

Graduation Information: Stanford GSB Diploma Ceremony



University of Washington (Foster)

Date: June 13, 2015

Speaker: Colleen Brown, Chairperson at American Apparel

Graduation Information: 2015 Foster Graduation


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Northwestern (Kellogg)

Date: June 19, 2015

Speaker: Miles White, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Abbott

Graduation Information: 2015 Kellogg Convocation

Additional Note: White holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Editor’s Note: The graduation ceremony for full-time students at the Texas A&M Mays Business School is held in December. However, Professional and Executive MBAs graduate on May 9th. For more information on the spring ceremony, click here.

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