Student Speakers

Undergraduate Ceremony Student Speaker

Leonard Henry ’18

Leonard Henry ’18 is a first-generation college student from Brooklyn, New York. As an active member of the Black Student Union, O.N.E., and the Babson Dance Ensemble, he took advantage of every opportunity to be involved at Babson while exploring his passions. In addition to achieving the Dean’s List and academic excellence, he served as a resident assistant for three years. He also explored international opportunities with Babson’s London theater elective and traveled across Russia, India, and China with Babson’s BRIC program during his senior fall semester, learning how various cultures affect business practices. He also spent time both behind the camera as a student photographer and during his tenure as the social media and marketing chair for Babson’s Campus Activities Board.


He has sharpened his professional acumen through working with the Lunder Admission Center as an admission fellow. This prepared him for two consecutive summers interning at EY (Ernst & Young) in accounting, followed by consulting. And, this past summer, he interned in commercial real estate at Walker & Dunlop. He will be joining the company full time this summer at its Bethesda, Maryland, office as a CRE loan underwriting analyst.

Graduate Ceremony Student Speaker

Joao Paulo Paiva MBA’18


Joao Paulo Paiva MBA’18, known as JP to his friends, moved to Boston from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He studied marketing at ESPM-Rio and proceeded to open in 2012 the first service design agency in Rio de Janeiro in order to help small and medium companies to create more user-centered services in their businesses. Passionate about technology and innovation, he also helped TIM, the second-largest telco company in Brazil, to develop their B2B digital innovation department. In his free time, he loves to play the acoustic guitar and travel around the world with his girlfriend, Marcella. He also runs a curation website that helps business people to improve their presentation skills. After devoting himself to his studies at Babson, he plans to return to Brazil to work with his family business, Kamel Turismo, to help Brazilians run marathons around the world.