Graduation 2013 to Celebrate 71 Graduates, Cindy Padnos to Present Keynote Address-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Graduation 2013 to Celebrate 71 Graduates, Cindy Padnos to Present Keynote Address

On Sunday, August 11, 2013, Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley (CMU-SV) campus will celebrate its 11th Graduation Ceremony, conferring graduate degrees to 37 Software Engineering students and 34 Software Management students who will become part of the innovative and influential family of Carnegie Mellon alumni in Silicon Valley and beyond. Graduation is a special time at CMU-SV, beginning with a Tech Showcase on Saturday where students present their research and projects, and culminating in the graduation ceremony and reception. CMU-SV is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2013 and looks forward to celebrating with graduates, family, friends and guests this August.

CMU-SV Welcomes Cindy Padnos as Commencement Keynote Speaker

Cindy Padnos

Cindy Padnos, a graduate of CMU's Tepper School of Business and now Founder and Managing Partner of Illuminate Ventures, will give this year's keynote address. Illuminate Ventures, an early stage, high tech venture capital firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area, invests in startups that leverage new technologies and business models, with a particular focus in the fast growing category of enterprise cloud computing. As an entrepreneur, advisor, and investor, Cindy has helped to raise and deploy more than $100 million in venture funding to help launch and accelerate dozens of innovative companies to successful exits.

Cindy’s active role in the Silicon Valley startup scene has caused her to be honored as one of the Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley (New York Times, 2012), one of the Most Influential Women in Technology (Fast Company, 2010), as a Power Player Venture Capitalist in Cloud Computing (AlwaysOn, 2012 & 2013) and one of the top 12 enterprise investors, nicknamed “Queen B2B” (VentureBeat, 2012).

Cindy’s career has included successful stints as a corporate executive, management consultant and serial entrepreneur. She started her career at AT&T as part of their management development program and broadened her knowledge in the IT sector during her tenure as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little and Booz Allen & Hamilton. In her entrepreneurial endeavors, Cindy was the Founder and CEO of Vivant Corporation (Acquired: EVLV/ORCL), President and CEO of Acumen and Vice President of Marketing at Scopus Technology (IPO: SCOP). She built her initial investment track record as a Director of Outlook Ventures, where she identified the early-stage financing gap that she now serves through Illuminate Ventures.

Cindy earned her BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan and received her MBA/MSIA, with honors, from Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business. She currently serves on the boards of high tech companies BrightEdge, CalmSea, Hoopla, Xactly and Yozio. She is a member of the Business Board of Advisors for the Tepper School and an advisor to several high tech incubators. Cindy is the author of the widely cited white paper "High Performance Entrepreneurs: Women in High-tech” and supports Tech women via her involvement with non-profits such as Astia, Springboard and Women 2.0.

Previous Commencement Speakers

  • 2012: Ed Frank, Apple
  • 2011: Adrian Ott, Exponential Edge
  • 2010: Scott Dietzen, Pure Storage
  • 2009: Elizabeth King, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation
  • 2008: Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures
  • 2007: Drew Perkins, Infinera Corporation
  • 2006: Gordon Bell, Microsoft
  • 2005: Richard Metz, Boeing Information Technology


In addition to granting diplomas, CMU-SV will also celebrate exceptional students and alumni by conferring three awards:

  • Dean’s Return on Education Award to recognize a student or alumnus who has successfully applied his Carnegie Mellon education to advancement in their careers thereby inspiring other students to do the same
  • Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Service Award to a student who has devoted himself to enriching the CMU-SV community
  • Outstanding Research Assistant Award to recognize a student who has contributed high-quality work to his area of research

The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 12 P.M. on the West Lawn.

Related Links

Internal Graduation Twiki page (account required) | Parking & Logistics | Directions To Campus | 2012 Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2013!

Photos from the 2012 Silicon Valley Graduation