Sunday, May 14, 2017

Commencement Ceremony on the Olin Great Lawn

The 2017 ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. (sharp) on the Olin College Great Lawn. Each graduate will be called to the stage by name to receive his/her degree. A photographer will be recording the event. Information on how to obtain these photographs will available through the Communication Office following Commencement. Guests are encouraged to wear business casual attire to commencement events. 

Commencement Schedule

Saturday, May 13

3:30 pm

Celebrating Student Achievement

Norden Auditorium

4-5:30 pm

President's Reception

Olin Oval and Campus Center

Sunday, May 14

Guest entrance to the tent will be staggered as follows:

12:00 pm

Guests requiring assistance

12:15 pm

Class of 2017 families

12:30 pm

Alumni and other invited guests (e.g., President's Council)

12:45 pm

Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020

The Ceremony will take place as follows:

1:00 pm

Ceremony begins

2:30 pm

Ceremony ends and a reception follows in the Oval

Commencement Speaker 

Patrick Awuah, Jr.

Patrick G. Awuah, Jr. is a globally recognized education leader who, as founder and president of Ashesi University, has created an innovative model for educating a new generation of leaders to transform Africa.

Awuah founded Ashesi in 2002 to provide greater educational opportunities in his native Ghana. Today it is considered one of Africa’s leading institutions of higher learning, drawing students from 20 African countries and enrolling nearly 800 students, about half of whom are women. Its innovative liberal arts curriculum focuses on ethical leadership, entrepreneurship and critical thinking.

Awuah holds bachelor degrees in engineering and economics from Swarthmore College, an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Babson College. He worked as an engineer and program manager at Microsoft before he moved back to Ghana to found Ashesi, motivated by the dramatic impact that education had in his own life.