April 15, 2015
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO, AARP Foundation President, and Renowned Political Satirist to be Featured
Southern New Hampshire University will celebrate its 83rd commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The ceremony for undergraduate students will begin at 9 a.m., the ceremony for College of Online and Continuing Education graduate students will begin at 1 p.m., and the ceremony for College of Online and Continuing Education undergraduate students, Advantage Program students, and College for America students will begin at 5 p.m.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina, will serve as the undergraduate commencement speaker, while Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, of the AARP Foundation, will serve as the College of Online and Continuing Education graduate commencement speaker, and Bassem Youssef, former host of the popular TV show, Al-Bernameg, will serve as the College of Online and Continuing Education undergraduate, Advantage Program, and College for America commencement speaker.
When Carly Fiorina was recruited to Hewlett-Packard, she became the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 business, taking HP from the 28th to the 11th most profitable company in the United States. In her six years as Chairman and CEO of HP, she would double its revenues to $90 billion; more than quadruple its growth to nine percent; triple the rate of innovation to 11 patents a day; achieve market leadership in every market and product category and quadruple cash-flow.
As President of the AARP Foundation, Lisa Marsh Ryerson is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the organization and leading a number of comprehensive development and social impact initiatives. The charitable 501 (c)(3) affiliate of AARP helps millions of struggling older adults win back opportunity by focusing on the critical interrelated areas of hunger, income, housing and isolation.
Bassem Youssef, dubbed the “John Stewart of the Arab world,” was the host of the popular TV show, Al-Bernameg, which was the first of its kind political satire show in the Middle East region. Originally an online five minute show, Al-Bernameg became the most watched show in the history of Egyptian TV with an average of 40 million viewers every week, in addition to over two million subscribers on YouTube and 700 million views on his own channel and other channels.
Time/Location: Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. (undergraduate), at 1 p.m. (College of Online and Continuing Education graduate students) and 5 p.m. (College of Online and Continuing Education undergraduate students, Advantage Program students, and College for America students) at the Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester, N.H.
SNHU anticipates awarding a total of 3,826 undergraduate degrees, 2,841 graduate degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees (2014-2015).
647 students are expected to attend the 9 a.m. ceremony.
984 students are expected to attend the 1 p.m. ceremony.
832 students are expected to attend the 5 p.m. ceremony.
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