2016 commencement speakers
Sawyer Business School
President and CEO
Kevin Washington is president and CEO of YMCA of the USA—a national nonprofit of 22 million members dedicated to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility—and is the first African-American to hold the post.
College of Arts & Sciences
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was instrumental in the oversight of the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program and creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau following the 2008 financial crisis.
Law School Ceremony
Civil Rights Attorney
Elaine Jones, a litigator and civil rights activist, was the first woman to head the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1993 to 2004) where she directed its legislative, judicial, and public policy initiatives.