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This year’s Commencement speaker will be Peter Schwartz ’68, who also participated in the EMPAC Colloquy on campus last fall.
Commencement Honorands Announced
Acclaimed futurist and entrepreneur Peter Schwartz ’68 will deliver the 2009 Commencement address on Saturday, May 16 at 9:30 a.m. on the Harkness Field. Schwartz also will receive an honorary doctoral degree at the ceremony, along with honorands Samuel Josefowitz ’42, Kenneth I. Chenault, and Robert C. Richardson.

“In the midst of extraordinary global economic uncertainty, we will honor four world-class leaders who understand the importance of taking the long view,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “They are educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators. They have demonstrated what is possible at the intersection of science, arts, and engineering. They embody the power of scientific discovery and technological innovation to change the world.”

Schwartz ’68, an internationally renowned futurist and business strategist, is cofounder and chairman of Global Business Network.

Samuel Josefowitz ’42, an entrepreneur, chemical engineer, and prominent art collector and art expert, spent years leading the Swiss-based mail order book and record club business he created and pioneered.

Kenneth Chenault, a groundbreaking global business leader and mentor, is chairman and chief executive officer of the American Express Company.

Robert Richardson, Nobel Prize winner in Physics (1996), is the F.R. Newman Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Research, Emeritus at Cornell University.

 On Friday, May 15, the honorands will participate in the annual Commencement Colloquy, to be held in the EMPAC Theater. This year’s Colloquy — titled “The Long View: Leading and Thriving in Challenging Times” — will open with a short address delivered by Kenneth Chenault.

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