Commencement Speakers

Valerie Jarrett with President Obama

Susan Wagner will deliver the 2014 Commencement address at Wellesley College.

Susan Wagner, '82, co-founder and director of BlackRock, will address the Class of 2014 and an international audience of their family and friends at Wellesley’s 136th Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m.

Prior to founding BlackRock, Wagner was a vice president in the Mortgage Finance Group at Lehman Brothers, supporting the investment banking and capital markets activities of mortgage and savings institutions, including development of innovative products cited as “Deal of the Month” (Nov. 1986) and “Deal of the Year” (Jan. 1987) by Investment Dealers' Digest. Wagner previously assisted in writing and editing Conversations with Economists, which was named one of the 10 best business and economics books published in 1984 by both Business Week and Forbes

Wagner was named among Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” included on similar lists published by the Financial Times and Crain’s New York, and honored by the National Council for Research on Women. She graduated with honors from Wellesley College with a B.A. in English and economics, and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. Wagner serves on the Boards of BlackRock, DSP BlackRock (India), Wellesley College, and the Hackley School. 

Read more about Wagner in our news release.

pinanski prizes

2013 Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching

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Nuha Khan

Nuha Khan '13 delivered this year's senior speech.

valerie jarrett

Valerie B. Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, delivered the 2013 Commencement Address.

Kim Bottomly at podium

Wellesley President H. Kim Bottomly gave her charge to the Class of 2013.