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.
Saturday, May 13
Celebrating Student Achievement
Olin Oval and Campus Center
Sunday, May 14
Guest entrance to the tent will be staggered as follows:
Guests requiring assistance
Class of 2017 families
Alumni and other invited guests (e.g., President's Council)
Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020
The Ceremony will take place as follows:
Ceremony ends and a reception follows in the Oval
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.