Wharton Graduation Speakers

Our Graduation speakers bring a diverse range of business acumen and embody the values we strive to uphold each day — innovative thinking, resilient leadership, and global collaboration. 

Past Graduation Speakers

2021

Keynote Speakers

Rosalind Brewer, WAM’01, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Tory Burch, C’88, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Tory Burch LLC

Sundar Pichai, WG’02, CEO of Google and Alphabet

Marc Rowan, W’84, CEO of Apollo Global Management, Inc.

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