Media Relations Icon and Philanthropist Lorry Lokey to Speak at NDNU Commencement, May 10
Belmont, CA, May 1, 2008 — Graduating students from NDNU will still eagerly be taking notes during commencement exercises, May 10, as keynote speaker Lorry Lokey, philanthropist and media relations extraordinaire, imparts how they too can make a billion dollars and help change the world.
His keynote speech, “Maybe YOU Can Make a Billion Dollars” will reflect upon his ardent belief in the power of education.The University’s 156th commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Koret Field located on Ralston Avenue next to the NDNU Theatre. Approximately 500 students will graduate from the University’s four schools with about 5,000 family members and friends in attendance at the outdoor ceremony.
Lokey’s tremendous success began in 1961 when the former Stanford University journalism student founded Business Wire, an international media relations company in San Francisco with one part-time employee, seven clients and 16 Bay Area media outlets. Today, Business Wire employs more than 500 employees, has more than 25,000 clients, and operates out of 25 domestic and six foreign offices. Lokey sold the company in 2006 to Berkshire Hathaway.
“We were delighted when Mr. Lokey agreed to be our speaker, particularly during this exciting and pivotal time in the University’s history,” said Dr. Judith Maxwell Greig, NDNU Acting President. “He brings to our students a living example of the success, of every sort, which can come from creativity and traditional ‘good hard work.’ Further, he is blessed with a great sense of humor and approachability which should only add to any ‘life lessons’ he chooses to share. The fact that he believes so thoroughly and demonstrably in the power of education only adds to our pleasure that he has agreed to join us.”
Lokey’s commitment to furthering the partnership between science and philanthropy has fueled magnanimous gifts in hopes of empowering and improving lives through scientific education. Since 1990, his philanthropic gestures include gifts totaling more than $425 million. Almost all of his gifts have been bestowed to universities and high schools to fund science research and education.
His community service work includes serving as a trustee at the University of Oregon Foundation; Santa Clara University; Leo Baeck School, Haifa, Israel; Mills College, Oakland, and Bellarmine Preparatory in San Jose. He is also a member of the board of governors of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center and a member of the governing board of the San Francisco Opera Association.
“The mission of NDNU encompasses promoting a collaborative community, social justice, and global peace,” said Dr. Greig. “That’s why we are delighted and honored to welcome Mr. Lokey, who embodies leadership, passion, and courage.”
To help minimize traffic, guests will park at Oracle Corporation in Redwood Shores and be shuttled by bus to campus. The University has been working closely with the Belmont Police Department to identify systems for controlling traffic and parking situations in the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.