University of San Diego Announces 2015 Commencement Speakers

SAN DIEGO, CA – The University of San Diego has announced speakers for its spring 2015 Commencement ceremonies to be held on May 16, 23 and 24.

Lynn Schenk, former U.S. Representative for the 49th District of California will deliver the law school Commencement address on Saturday, May 16.

Roshan Paul, founder of the Amani Institute, will deliver the graduate Commencement address on Saturday, May 23.

Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder and executive director of Los Angeles based Homeboy Industries, will speak to undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences on Sunday morning, May 24.

Al Carey, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, will speak to undergraduates from the School of Business Administration and the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering on Sunday afternoon, May 24.

Lynn Schenk, ’70 (JD), was the first woman elected to represent the San Diego area in the United States House of Representatives; the first woman to serve as California Secretary of Business, Transportation & Housing; the first woman from San Diego to be selected a White House Fellow; and the first woman to serve as a California Governor’s Chief of Staff. From her earliest years of practice in the Attorney General’s office to the in-house legal staff of SDG&E, Schenk stood up, spoke out and advocated for women in the profession and in society. She is a cofounder of The Lawyers Club, San Diego’s feminist bar, and California Women Lawyers.

Schenk and her late husband, USD Professor of Law C. Hugh Friedman, established the C. Hugh Friedman Endowed Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a final-year law student who has demonstrated an interest and proficiency in business law, and the Lynn Schenk Endowed Scholarship. Schenk earned her bachelor’s from the University of California Los Angeles and her JD from the University of San Diego School of Law.

As co-founder and chief executive officer of Amani Institute, Roshan Paul leads the mission to develop next-generation talent to address social challenges by creating a higher education model that offers future leaders opportunities to get an intensive experience of cross-boundary work, develop practical skills to build their professional toolkit, and understand the personal journey this work requires in order to be effective and sustainable as an individual over time.

Born in Bangalore, India, Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Davidson College and a master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a certificate in Creative Leadership. During his studies, he also spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia as well as summers volunteering in development organizations in Tanzania and Columbia, and as a journalist in Mumbai, India. He has been a guest speaker at more than 20 universities in the United States and Europe, including Harvard, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS, and HEC Business School Paris.

Father Greg Boyle is an author, speaker, world-renowned expert on gang intervention, and the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, the largest, most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the United States.

Father Greg’s dedication to finding a place for all in our society led him to the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles where he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church from 1986 through 1992. During this time, Father Greg started what would become Homeboy Industries, a nonprofit organization that provides clients a supportive community, a sense of family, and a place where they come to find strengths, learn job skills, get an education, learn new life skills, and become contributing members to their families and communities.

Homeboy Industries annually employs and trains more than 300 former gang members in seven social enterprises. Father Boyle earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Gonzaga University and a master’s in English from Loyola Marymount University. He also received a master of Divinity degree from the Weston School of Theology and a Master of Sacred Theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.

Al Carey is chief executive officer (CEO), of PepsiCo Americas Beverages, a unit of PepsiCo. PepsiCo owns one of the world’s largest portfolios of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 22 different product lines, each of which generates more than $1 billion in annual retail sales. With net revenues of approximately $66 billion, PepsiCo employs nearly 280,000 people worldwide.

Carey is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PepsiCo’s beverage business across North, South and Central America. He joined PepsiCo in 1981, and has served in a variety of positions including director, Trade Development, Frito-Lay North America (FLNA); vice president, National Sales, FLNA; vice president/general manager, Foodservice, FLNA; division president, FLNA West; chief operating officer, FLNA; senior vice president, Sales, Pepsi-Cola North America (PCNA); senior vice president, Sales and Retailer Strategies, PCNA; chief operating officer, PepsiCo Beverages and Foods; president, PepsiCo Sales; and most recently as president and chief executive officer, FLNA. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing all of FLNA, the company’s most profitable operating division and largest North American business.

Carey received a bachelor’s in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning committed to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and the creation of ethical leaders. Chartered in 1949, the school enrolls approximately 8,300 undergraduate and graduate full-time equivalent students. The University of San Diego has a long history of public service and is recognized as a Changemaker Campus by Ashoka, the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. The university’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business Administration, The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, The School of Law, The School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, The Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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