Keynote & Honorees-Commencement Weekend - Carnegie Mellon University

Keynote & Honorees

Keynote Speakers

In 1994, the then-CEO of Oracle Corporation, Lawrence Ellison, served as the university's first commencement keynote speaker. Prior to this, a notable alumnus or one of that year's honorary degree recipients addressed the graduating class. A major highlight of the ceremony, the keynote speaker's message serves to motivate and inspire the graduates. 

Honorary Degree Recipients

Carnegie Mellon University issued its first honorary degree in 1914, a Doctor of Engineering degree to William McConway, a then-member of the Carnegie Institute Board of Trustees and the chairman of the Committee on the Institute of Technology. Since then, CMU has continued to recognize individuals who have achieved preeminent levels of distinction in their fields and who have made extraordinary contributions to society. 

Below is a list of recent keynote speakers and honorary degree recipients. For further history, contact University Events.

2016

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