Menlo College Honors Commencement Speakers & Honorees from 2000–2015

Menlo College Honors Commencement Speakers & Honorees from 2000–2015

A photo exhibition in the Fireside Room pays tribute to some of the global leaders who have been honored at Menlo College commencement ceremonies over the past fifteen years. Each one of them has touched our community with personal stories of challenge, persistence, and innovation in both the public and private sectors. Collectively, these individuals have underscored the importance of helping others through contributions to business, philanthropy, and many other endeavors. They have proven the value of giving back by their positive impact across the globe.

It is a fitting occasion for Menlo College graduates to be inspired by the wisdom of such stellar role models as they begin their careers in the world of business. As President John F. Kennedy said, “True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”

Commencement Speakers & Honorees: 2000–2015

2000   Earle Chiles ‘57, Earle Chiles Foundation
2001   Jackie Speier, Congresswoman, California District 14
2002   Carol Bartz, CEO, Autodesk, Inc.
2003   Charles “Chuck” Smith, CEO, SBC West
2004   Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco
2005   Richard Pombo, Congressman, California District 11
2006   Rebecca Cohn, Assemblymember, California District 24
2007   Russell Frankel, President, Frankel Family Foundation
2007   T.J. Rodgers, Founder & CEO, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation
2008   Richard Li, Chairman, PCCW Limited
2009   Khaled Juffali, Managing Partner & Vice Chairman, E.A. Juffali & Brothers Co.
2009   Steve Westly, Founder of The Westly Group, former Controller & CFO, California
2010   Jane Shaw, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation
2010   Robert (Bob) Lurie ‘46, Chairman of the Board, the Lurie Company
2011   Alan Salzman, Co-Founder & CEO, VantagePoint Capital Partners
2012   Guy Kawasaki, Author & Entrepreneur
2012   K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr., Founder, Titans/Oilers
2013   Jed York, CEO, San Francisco 49ers
2014   Anna Eshoo, Congresswoman, California District 18
2014   John Pritzker ’76, Founder, Geolo Capital
2014   Bernard Osher, Founder, the Bernard Osher Foundation
2015   Michael Weatherly ’88, Actor (Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo in NCIS)
2015   Mark Templeton, President & CEO, Citrix