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Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and chairman of The Case Foundation, and Roger W. Ferguson Jr., president and CEO of TIAA-CREF, will speak at the undergraduate and graduate commencements for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Case will address graduates of the undergraduate business program on Saturday, May 17, at 6 p.m., and Ferguson will address graduates of the MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership programs on Friday, May 16, at 12:30 p.m.

Note: Due to inclement weather, the graduate commencement has been moved to the McDonough Arena. The Undergraduate Commencement is still scheduled to take place on Healy Lawn.

Steve Case

As a businessman and philanthropist, Steve Case invests in diverse for-profit and nonprofit enterprises, with a particular interest in building companies with disruptive business models and improving the economic and social sustainability of Hawaii, his home state. He and his wife, Jean Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997.

In April 2005, Case launched Revolution, a company that seeks to drive transformative change by shifting power to consumers. Revolution’s mission is to partner with entrepreneurs in building businesses that give people more choice, control, and convenience in important areas of their lives. Current activities are focused on companies in the financial services, health care, resort, digital, and wellness sectors.

Prior to starting Revolution, Case was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of America Online, Inc. (AOL) and, later, the chairman of AOL Time Warner. As co-founder of AOL, Case played an integral role in building the world’s largest Internet company and helped transform how people communicate, learn, and conduct business. AOL brought millions of Americans their first connection to the Internet and drove worldwide adoption of a medium that has become more valuable than the telephone or television.

Case also ensured that AOL led the industry on issues like making the Internet a safe place for children, bridging the “digital divide,” and investing in online philanthropy. When AOL merged with Time Warner in 2001, Case served as the chairman of the new company.

In addition to chairing the Case Foundation, he is chairman of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a nonprofit with an entrepreneurial approach to funding brain cancer research that he founded in 2001 with his late brother Dan. In addition, Case was a founding organizer of Business Strengthening America and has served as vice chair of the Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy. He also was honored with the National Mentoring Partnership Leadership Award.

Case was born and raised in Hawaii, where he remains a leading advocate for combining respect for the islands’ native people, culture, and environment with job creation and economic growth. He is a major investor in two Hawaiian businesses -- Grove Farm of Kauai and Maui Land & Pineapple -- that are developing fresh operating models for the agriculture industry and sustainable communities for residents and visitors.

Roger W. Ferguson Jr.

Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.

Ferguson is the former vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only governor in Washington, D.C., on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in April 2008, Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an associate and partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Ferguson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of the academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is co-chair of the Committee on Economic Development, and he serves on the boards of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and Audax Health and on the advisory board of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP.

He is a board member of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He serves as vice chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum and was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

Ferguson is chairman of the Economic Club of New York and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Group of Thirty. He served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Full Commencement Schedule:

Thursday, May 15
2 p.m. Senior Convocation, McDonough Arena

Friday, May 16
10 a.m. McDonough School of Business Tropaia Exercises, Gaston Hall
11 a.m. Tropaia Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building
12:30 p.m. MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership Commencement, McDonough Arena
1:45 p.m. MBA, Executive MBA, Executive Leadership Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building

Saturday, May 17
6 p.m. McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
7:30 p.m. Undergraduate Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building