Commencement for Class of 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013 

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The Commencement ceremony includes presentation of candidates for graduation, conferring of degrees by the President and the Commencement address. No honorary degrees were presented.

Commencement Ceremony on the Olin Great Lawn

The 2013 ceremony will begin at 3:00 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.


Wellesley will be hosting its Annual Veteran’s Parade at 1 p.m. on the 19th which will cause some roads to be blocked to traffic in the Wellesley Center area. The parade begins at the junction of Routes 9 and 16 and continues west along Washington Street (Route 16) to the reviewing stand in Wellesley Square, ending at the Tailby Parking lot. Please be aware and alert your guests attending the Commencement of this potential traffic delay and review alternate Needham routes to the campus. Directions to campus can be found on Olin's main page under "Campus." When departing Olin after the Commencement Ceremony and subsequent events please avoid Rte. 16 and Rte. 135 west and pursue alternate routes. Details regarding the Wellesley events can be found here.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 17

5:30 - 7:30 pm  Alumni Social with Olin Community Olin Oval Tent
7:30 - 8:30 pm  Alumni Strategic Planning Session Crescent Room


Saturday, May 18

3:30 pm  Commencement Weekend Welcome and External Achievement recognition event Milas Hall Auditorium
4:00 - 6:00 pm  President's Reception Olin Oval and Campus Center


Sunday, May 19

Guest entrance to the tent will be staggered as follows:

2:00 pm  Guests requiring assistance 
2:15 pm  Class of 2013 families 
2:30 pm Alumni and other invited guests (e.g., President's Council) 
2:45 pm  Classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 

The Ceremony will take place as follows:

3:00 pm  Ceremony begins 
4:30 pm  Ceremony ends and a reception follows in the Oval 


Commencement Speaker

Norman R. Augustine 

Former President and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation 
Author of Augustine’s Laws and Augustine’s Travels  

Upon recommendation of the Commencement Steering Committee and with the consent of the Board of Trustees, President Richard K. Miller has invited Norman R. Augustine to give the main address at Olin's eighth Commencement on May 19, 2013. 

Norman Augustine was raised in Colorado and attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE in Aeronautical Engineering, magna cum laude, and an MSE.  He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi.

In 1958 he joined the Douglas Aircraft Company in California where he worked as a Research Engineer, Program Manager and Chief Engineer.  Beginning in 1965, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as Assistant Director of Defense Research and Engineering.  He joined LTV Missiles and Space Company in 1970, serving as Vice President, Advanced Programs and Marketing.  In 1973 he returned to the government as Assistant Secretary of the Army and in 1975 became Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army.  Joining Martin Marietta Corporation in 1977 as Vice President of Technical Operations, he was elected as CEO in 1987 and chairman in 1988, having previously been President and COO.  He served as president of Lockheed Martin Corporation upon the formation of that company in 1995, and became CEO later that year.  He retired as chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin in August 1997, at which time he became a Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty of Princeton University where he served until July 1999.

Mr. Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the Council of the National Academy of Engineering, President and Chairman of the Association of the United States Army, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, and Chairman of the Defense Science Board.  He is a former President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Boy Scouts of America.   He is a former member of the Board of Directors of ConocoPhillips, Black & Decker, Proctor & Gamble and Lockheed Martin, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of Colonial Williamsburg.  He is a Regent of the University System of Maryland, Trustee Emeritus of Johns Hopkins and a former member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton and MIT.  He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy, was a member of the Hart/Rudman Commission on National Security, and served for 16 years on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.  He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club.

Mr. Augustine has been presented the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States and received the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award.  He has five times received the Department of Defense's highest civilian decoration, the Distinguished Service Medal.  He is co-author of The Defense Revolution and Shakespeare In Charge and author of Augustine's Laws and Augustine’s Travels.  He holds 29 honorary degrees and was selected by Who’s Who in America and the Library of Congress as one of “Fifty Great Americans” on the occasion of Who’s Who’s fiftieth anniversary.  He has traveled in 111 countries and stood on both the North and South Poles of the earth.


Members of the Olin community are invited to add names of potential speakers to the Steering Committee's working list for 2014 and beyond.  Suggestions may be sent to Dean Rod Crafts ( and should include your rationale, any relationship your nominee may have to Olin, and if you have any special connection to the nominee that would facilitate our contacting her or him.