Sunday, May 18, 2014

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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 2014 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 18th 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

Saturday, May 17

3:30 pm

Commencement Weekend Welcome and External Achievement recognition event

Milas Hall Auditorium

4-6 pm

President's Reception

Olin Oval and Campus Center

Sunday, May 18

Guest entrance to the tent will be staggered as follows:

2:00 pm

Guests requiring assistance

2:15 pm

Class of 2014 families

2:30 pm

Alumni and other invited guests (e.g., President's Council)

2:45 pm

Classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017

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

John Seely Brown

Visiting Scholar and Advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC)
Former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation

Upon recommendation of the Commencement Steering Committee and with the consent of the Board of Trustees, President Richard K. Miller has invited John Seely Brown to give the main address at Olin's ninth Commencement on May 18, 2014. 

John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC) and the independent co-chair of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge. Prior to that he was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)—a position he held for nearly two decades. His personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media and institutional innovation. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education; a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence; a past trustee of the MacArthur Foundation; and currently sits on both Amazon’s and Corning’s board of directors. His current book, The New Culture of Learning, co-authored with Professor Doug Thomas at USC, was released January 2011.

JSB received a B.A. from Brown University in 1962 in mathematics and physics and a Ph.D. from University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences. He has received seven honorary degrees including: May 2000, Brown University, Doctor of Science Degree; July 2001, the London Business School, Honorary Doctor of Science in Economics; May 2004, Claremont Graduate University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; May 2005, University of Michigan, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree; May 2009, North Carolina State University, Honorary Doctor of Science Degree; May 2011, Illinois Institute of Technology, Honorary Doctor of Design; and July 2013, Singapore Management University, Honorary Doctor of Information Systems. He is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist. Part scientist, part artist and part strategist, JSB’s views are unique and distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.

Members of the Olin community are invited to add names of potential speakers to the Steering Committee's working list for 2015 and beyond.  Suggestions may be sent to Dean Rea-Anne Butera 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.