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Class of 2012 Commencement Speakers

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Before University of San Diego’s Class of 2012 embarks on life’s next chapter, four speakers will espouse a few words of wisdom to the more than 2,000 expected degree recipients at May graduation ceremonies in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Congressman David Camp (R-Mich.), who earned a JD from USD’s School of Law in 1978, will deliver the commencement address at the 9 a.m. law school graduation on Saturday, May 12. Camp (pictured, top left), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Carolyn Woo, the newly appointed President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will address USD students who are earning graduate school degrees at a 1 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 26.

The two undergraduate ceremonies on Sunday, May 27 will feature a pair of successful businessmen — one whose organization thrives on social entrepreneurial spirit and another whose company is one of America’s top name brands.

Bill Drayton, the founder and CEO of Ashoka, will speak to College of Arts and Sciences graduates during the 9 a.m. ceremony. The university-focused AshokaU named USD an AshokaU Changemaker Campus in September 2011, one of only 15 higher education institutions to earn the designation. Drayton (pictured, left) will receive an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from USD at the ceremony.

Al Carey, CEO and President of Pepsi Co., will speak to School of Business Administration/Engineering graduates at the 2 p.m. commencement. Carey, whose son graduated with a business degree last year, has been an avid supporter of business students. His gift helped launch the SBA Student Internship Fund so business students could pursue unpaid internships at companies and organization that further their career goals.

— Ryan T. Blystone

To learn more about USD’s Commencement 2012 events, click here or go to the USD Commencement Facebook page.

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