Sunday, May 17, 2015

Commencement Ceremony on the Olin Great Lawn

The 2015 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. 

Commencement Schedule

Saturday, May 16

3:30 pm

Celebrating Student Achievement

Milas Hall Auditorium

4-6 pm

President's Reception

Olin Oval and Campus Center

Sunday, May 17

Guest entrance to the tent will be staggered as follows:

2:00 pm

Guests requiring assistance

2:15 pm

Class of 2015 families

2:30 pm

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

2:45 pm

Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018

The Ceremony will take place as follows:

3:00 pm

Ceremony begins

4:30 pm

Ceremony ends and a reception follows in the Oval

Please click HERE for access to the live stream of our 2015 Commencement ceremony.


Commencement Speaker

David Kelley

Founder and Chairman of the global design firm IDEO 
Founder of Stanford University's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the

Upon recommendation of the Commencement Steering Committee and with the consent of the Board of Trustees, President Richard K. Miller has invited David Kelley to give the main address at Olin's tenth Commencement on May 17, 2015. 

As founder of IDEO, David Kelley built the company that created many icons of the digital generation—the first mouse for Apple, the first Treo, the thumbs up/thumbs down button on your Tivo’s remote control, to name a few. But what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations so they can innovate routinely.

David’s most enduring contributions to the field of design are a human-centered methodology and culture of innovation. More recently, he led the creation of the groundbreaking at Stanford, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Kelley was working (unhappily) as an electrical engineer when he first heard about Stanford’s cross-disciplinary Joint Program in Design, which merged engineering and art. What he learned there—a human-centered, team-based approach to tackling sticky problems through design—propelled his professional life as a “design thinker.”

In 1978, David co-founded the design firm that ultimately became IDEO. Today, he serves as chair of IDEO and is the Donald W. Whittier Professor at Stanford, where he has taught for more than 25 years. Preparing the design thinkers of tomorrow earned David the Sir Misha Black Medal for his “distinguished contribution to design education.” He has also won the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation, as well as the Chrysler Design Award and National Design Award in Product Design from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineers.

Members of the Olin community are invited to add names of potential speakers to the Steering Committee's working list for 2016 and beyond.  Suggestions may be sent to Dean Rae-Ann 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.