Ford CEO to keynote Michigan Ross Commencement ceremonies

April 27, 2016

Reprinted from Ross Thought in Action


This year, 1,100 students will walk across the stage at Hill Auditorium to receive their degree from Michigan Ross — and when they do, they’ll join a vibrant community of nearly 50,000 living alumni across the world.

Two commencement ceremonies will take place this Friday, April 29. BBA, MAcc, and MM graduates will have their ceremony at 2 p.m., while MBA and PhD graduates will walk across the stage at 5 p.m. later that same day.

During the ceremonies, Mark Fields, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company, will address graduates as the event’s keynote speaker. In his role as CEO, Fields has overseen Ford’s fastest global manufacturing expansion in 50 years and managed the most aggressive global product introduction schedule in the company’s history.

You can watch the ceremonies and Fields’ keynote live on the Michigan Ross Commencement website, and embedded below.

In addition to Fields, two graduating students will take the stage to address their fellow classmates.

Jake Aronson, BBA ʼ16, will address BBA, MAcc, and MM graduates during the 2 p.m. ceremony. Jake graduated with honors. He took a heavy course load in finance, which helped him to discover his keen interest in real estate finance. As a Graham Undergraduate Sustainability Scholar, he took numerous action-based courses in environmental sustainability, including studying sustainable business in Costa Rica through the Ross global immersion course Sustainable Business in Latin America.

Caroline Landau, MBA ʼ16, will address her fellow MBA graduates and this year’s PhD graduates during the 5 p.m. ceremony. During her time at Ross, Caroline has focused on impact investing through the Social Venture Fund, entrepreneurship through the Michigan Business Challenge, and healthcare through the Healthcare & Life Sciences Club. She’s a proud healthcare geek and is excited to join Genentech in San Francisco after graduation.

You can learn more about all three speakers on the Michigan Ross Commencement website.