Graduation season: Silicon Valley CEOs and commencement

Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford, when he urged graduates to “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish,” is widely viewed as one of the best graduation speeches ever. As the Class of 2014 sets forth into the world with ever-increasing student debt, some of the tech industry’s most successful CEOs are on deck to give them some advice.

Facebook COO and “Lean In” author Sheryl Sandberg will deliver the commencement speech for the City Colleges of Chicago’s class of 2014 this Saturday, May 3. Sandberg is a pro at this: Her 2011 commencement speech at Barnard was a big hit.

The University of Southern California has booked a trifecta of tech executives for its May 16 graduation ceremonies. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is speaking to the entire university. Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will address undergraduates at USC’s Marshall School of Business and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is speaking to Marshall’s graduate students.

Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, speaks at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore May 22.

Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates are the commencement speakers at Stanford June 15.

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Stanford students take their seats inside the football stadium for the school’s 122nd commencement ceremony June 16, 2013. Photo by Karl Mondon.





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