Commencement Keynote Speakers

Check back here for information about the keynote speakers addressing our graduates at each of our Commencement Ceremonies in May 2014.


College of Health, Human Services and Nursing

Friday, May 16, 3pm

Bob Blair

Bob is the Medical Group Administrator for the South Bay Medical Center where he leads operations and provides strategic oversight for the SCPMG providing care to over 200,000 health plan members and their families in the South Bay. [more..]


College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Friday, May 16, 6:30pm

Dan Beckerman

Dan Beckerman serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for AEG, one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming. [more..]


College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Saturday, May 17, 8am

Dr. Geraldine Knatz

Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D., served as the Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles for the past 8 years, retiring February 1, 2014. While she was CEO of North America’s largest container port, she focused on setting the port’s strategic direction to grow port business while addressing increased competition due to industry consolidation and shifts in world trade patterns. [more..]


College of Arts and Humanities and College of Extended and International Education

Saturday, May 17, 11am

Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke

Yvonne B. Burke, served four terms on the Los Angeles County Board Supervisors and Los Angeles Metro serving as Chair of the Board of Metro in 2005. She was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the 6 member Committee on Congressional Ethics in July 2008. [more..]


College of Education

Saturday, May 17, 3pm

Jamienne S. Studley

Jamienne Studley is Acting Under Secretary of Education for the U.S. Department of Education. She was appointed to the position in December 28, 2013.  Prior she had been Deputy Under Secretary of Education since September 26, 2013. [more..]