Wellesley College Commencement Speaker Susan Wagner to Bring the Late Maya Angelou’s 1982 Commencement Address Full Circle

May 29, 2014

WELLESLEY, Mass., May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — BlackRock founding director Susan Wagner, whose 1982 Wellesley graduation speaker was the late Maya Angelou, will bring the poet’s remarks full circle at Wellesley College’s 136th commencement on Friday, May 30th, beginning at 10:30 a.m. outdoors under the tent on Severance Green, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, Mass.

The Commencement activities will include:

    --  Procession: 9:45 a.m
    --  Commencement Exercises: 10:30 a.m.
    --  Susan Wagner's Commencement Speech: 11:15 a.m.
    --  President Kim Bottomly's Charge to Graduates: 11:30 a.m.

About Susan Wagner

Wagner graduated from Wellesley in 1982 with a B.A. in English and economics, before earning an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. She was just 26 when she and seven others founded BlackRock. She then went on to orchestrate a $13.5 billion deal between BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors, creating the world’s biggest asset manager. Named among Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Wagner has been included on similar lists published by the Financial Times and Crain’s New York, and has been honored by the National Council for Research on Women. She serves on the Boards of BlackRock, DSP BlackRock (India), Wellesley College, and the Hackley School.

Said Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly, “Sue’s career at BlackRock exemplifies the important role that the liberal arts play in enabling smart, capable women to make a difference in the world. I know she will offer our students important insights as they prepare to make their mark–in whatever path they choose.”

About Wellesley College

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been the preeminent liberal arts college for women. Known for its intellectual rigor and its remarkable track record for the cultivation of women leaders in every arena, Wellesley–only 12 miles from Boston–is home to some 2,300 undergraduates from every state and 75 countries.


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