Featured Students

This year, four outstanding Wharton students will interview our graduation speakers during a portion of the ceremony called Keynote Conversations. Here’s a look at their past work and accomplishments:
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Rebecca Agostino, WG’21

Rebecca Agostino is a second-year MBA Candidate at the Wharton School, serving as a Student Life Fellow, Venture Fellow, and Career Fellow with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Rebecca graduated as a Robertson Scholar from Duke University with a BS in Economics and earned a Master of Teaching from Fordham University. Previously, Rebecca was the founder and principal of Freedom Prep High School, a public charter school in Camden, New Jersey. During her five years as the principal of Freedom, she led a team of 40 educators to design and build one of the only college-preparatory schools in the city. As a Wharton student, Rebecca has interned at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Workforce Development and Atento Capital, a Tulsa-based venture fund that focuses on job creation. She authored an Accelerator for America Playbook of Best Practices called, “Place-Based Solutions for a Stronger Workforce Ecosystem.”

Currently, she is a New Leaders Council Philadelphia fellow, a board member at the New Foundations Charter School in Northeast Philadelphia, and on the planning committee of the Future of Cities conference. This spring, she is developing federal policy recommendations in workforce development as a part of the Day One Project’s Tech Policy Accelerator.

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Eric Sun, W’14, WG’21

Eric Sun is a second-year MBA candidate at the Wharton School. He was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and worked across a variety of industries before enrolling at Wharton. Prior to BCG, Eric was a private equity analyst at KKR. He also worked at DoubleDutch, a KKR growth equity investment portfolio company.

At Wharton, Eric is a Leadership Fellow and a novice Wildman Hockey player. Eric is one of this year’s inaugural Dr. Bruce I. Jacobs Scholars in Quantitative Finance and a recipient of the Ford Fellowship. In the summer of 2020, Eric interned at Penn’s Office of Investments, which is responsible for investing the University’s endowment and other long-term assets.

In 2014, Eric graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School with a BS in Economics.

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Mercedee Hutton, WG’21

Mercedee Hutton is a second-year Executive MBA candidate at the Wharton School, majoring in Finance, Data Analytics, and Management.

For the last five years, Mercedee has served as Senior Manager of Social Impact at Dell Technologies in Austin, where her responsibilities focus on sustainability in IT product development and include customer engagement, sales enablement, and leading a 1,350+ employee membership program focused on CSR education. She has been nominated to the Diversity Leadership Acceleration Program and is architect of an award-winning carbon removals program for IT solutions. Prior to her current role, she was a CRM field marketing strategist and recipient of an industry award for best-in-class omnichannel marketing. Before joining Dell, Mercedee spent 10 years as a marketing and communications manager and independent contractor for small and non-profit organizations like Austin Opera, Metia, and Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

At Wharton, she serves on the Student Advisory Council and has played an active leadership role working with the School administration to mitigate the educational impact of COVID. She holds a BA from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MA from Richmond, The American International University in London.

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Oyinkansola Sofela, W’21

Oyinkansola Sofela is a graduating senior at the Wharton School, concentrating in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Oyinkansola is a community-builder, storyteller, and social entrepreneur. As a result of her upbringing in Lagos, Nigeria, she has always been passionate about developing adequate solutions to bridging gender, racial, and economic disparity gaps.

At Wharton, Oyinkansola has made a meaningful impact on underrepresented and minority communities at Penn. She is the Vice President of Internal Relations for the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, Wharton 101 Head TA, and Co-Chair of the Wharton Equity Diversity and Inclusion Group. Building on her work in promoting an inclusive environment on campus, she founded A Little Louder (ALL) Project, a media tech social enterprise harnessing the power of storytelling to build a global community that centers women of color, amplifies their voices, and celebrates their joy.

She hopes to continue her work in promoting gender equity, equipping women and girls worldwide with the resources they need to thrive, and live a life of joy and self sufficiency.

Past Graduation Speakers

2020

In lieu of a traditional, in-person ceremony, the Wharton School saluted the Class of 2020 with 30-minute virtual celebrations.

2019

MBA

Jonathan (“Jon”) Gray, C’92, W’92, President and COO, Blackstone

MBA Program for Executives West

Anthony Noto, WG’99, Chief Executive Officer, SoFi

MBA Program for Executives East

David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of the Carlyle Group

Undergraduate

Stacy Brown-Philpot, W’97, Chief Executive Officer, TaskRabbit

2018

MBA

Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Chobani, LLC

MBA Program for Executives West

Safra Catz, W’83, L’86, Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corporation

MBA Program for Executives East

F. William McNabb III, WG’83, Chairman of Vanguard

Undergraduate

Jeff Weiner, W’92, Chief Executive Officer of LinkedIn

2017

MBA

Yuri Milner, Founder of DST Global

MBA Program for Executives West

K. Robert “Bobby” Turner, W’84, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Turner Impact Capital

MBA Program for Executives East

Adam Grant, Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management at the Wharton School and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania

Undergraduate

Nathaniel “Nat” Snead Turner V, W’08, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Flatiron Health

2016

MBA

Ruth Porat, WG’87, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet

MBA Program for Executives West

Jacqueline Reses, W’92, Capital Lead of Square

MBA Program for Executives East

Anthony Noto, WG’99 (WEMBA 23), Chief Financial Officer of Twitter

2015

MBA

Neil Blumenthal, WG’10, and Dave Gilboa, WG’10, Co-Founders and Co-Chief Executive Officers of Warby Parker

MBA Program for Executives West

Josh Kopelman, W’93, Founder of First Round Capital

MBA Program for Executives East

David Pottruck, C’70, WG’72, Chairman of High Tower Advisors

2014

MBA

David Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Carlyle Group

MBA Program for Executives West

Neel Kashkari, WG’02, Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department

MBA Program for Executives East

Dan Tangherlini, WG’01, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration

2013

MBA

Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News

MBA Program for Executives West

Inder Sidhu, WG’91, Senior Vice President of Strategy for Worldwide Operations at Cisco Systems

MBA Program for Executives East

Alex Gorsky, WG’96, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson

2012

MBA

Dr. Mehmet Oz, M’86, WG’86, talk show host and Director of Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital

MBA Program for Executives

Carol Bartz, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Yahoo! and Autodesk

2011

MBA

Vikram Pandit, Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup

MBA Program for Executives

Laurence M. Baer, President and Chief Operations Officer of San Francisco Giants

2010

MBA

Robert Kapito, W’79, Co-Founder and President of BlackRock

MBA Program for Executives

Paul Otellini, President and Chief Executive Officer of Intel Corporation

2009

MBA

Muhammad Yunus, Founder of Grameen Bank and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

MBA Program for Executives

Peter Robertson, WG’71, Chevron Corporation

2008

MBA

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Governor of Utah

MBA Program for Executives

Art Bilger, Managing Director of Shelter Capital Partners, LLC

2007

MBA

Lakshmi N. Mittal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arcelor Mittal and Founder of Mittal Steel

MBA Program for Executives

Patrick T. Harker, Dean of The Wharton School

2006

MBA

Leonard Lauder, W’54, Chairman of Estee Lauder Companies

MBA Program for Executives

Kenneth Moelis, W’80, WG’81, President and Joint Global Head of Investment Banking for UBS Investment Bank

2005

MBA

Alan Greenspan, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve System

MBA Program for Executives

David Pottruck, C’70, WG’72, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles Schwab