Daniel F. Akerson, chairman and chief executive officer of
General Motors, will be the featured speaker for the University of Notre Dame’s
Mendoza College of Business graduate commencement ceremony. The event will take
place at 10 a.m. May 18 in Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
The graduate programs bestowing degrees include Notre Dame
MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Nonprofit Administration and Master of Science in
The Mendoza College of Business Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will
be held at 1 p.m. on May 19 in the North Dome of the Joyce Center. Roger D.
Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College, will serve as speaker. The
University of Notre Dame Commencement is 9-11 a.m. on May 19 in Notre Dame
Stadium. Cardinal Timothy Dolan,
Archbishop of New York and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
is the speaker.
For a complete list of Mendoza College commencement events,
including undergraduate ceremonies, visit the commencement website.
Akerson joined the GM in July 2009 as a member of the Board
of Directors. Under his leadership, GM emerged from its 2009 bankruptcy and
subsequently launched a $23 billion IPO—the largest in history. The company currently
is the leading automaker in the world's two largest markets, China and the
Prior to joining GM, Akerson was a managing director and
head of global buyout for The Carlyle Group in Washington, D.C. He also served
as CEO or president of several telecommunications and technology companies,
including MCI, Nextel Communications, XO Communication and General Instrument.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor of
science in engineering, Akerson earned a master’s of science degree in
economics from the London School of Economics.
Akerson serves on the boards of the U.S. Naval Academy
Foundation, the Tsinghua University School and Economics and Management
Advisory Board, the International Business Leaders Advisory Council of Shanghai,
and is a member of the Business Council. He received the T.C. and Elizabeth
Cooke Business Medallion from the College of William & Mary in 2004. In
addition, he has been honored by the U.S. Naval Academy with the 2012
Distinguished Graduate Award for his lifetime commitment to service, personal
character and distinguished contributions to our nation.
He co-chaired the “Leaders to Serve the Nation” capital
campaign, which raised a record $254 million for the U.S. Naval Academy.
Akerson chairs his family’s Blue Earth Foundation, which is dedicated to
providing financial assistance to programs serving young people. In 2011, he
was named “Humanitarian of the Year” by So Others Might Eat (SOME) which serves
the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
The Mendoza College of Business was named
this year as the No. 1 undergraduate business school for the fourth consecutive
time by Bloomberg Businessweek. The
College currently enrolls more than 1,900 undergraduate students in six majors:
accountancy, finance, marketing, management consulting, management
entrepreneurship and IT management.
The College also offers highly ranked graduate degree
programs – including a Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of
Business Administration, Master of Science in Accountancy, and Master of
Nonprofit Administration – as well as non-degree executive education and
nonprofit professional development programs.