Commencement ceremonies to take place on Saturday, May 14

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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and EY Global Vice Chair of Public Policy Beth Brooke-Marciniak will both be honored during Babson’s 2016 Commencement Ceremonies on May 14, 2016.

Yunus will address the Undergraduate School Ceremony at 10 a.m. and Brooke-Marciniak will address the Graduate Ceremony at 3 p.m. Both will receive an Honorary Doctor​ of Humane Letters.

“We are pleased to welcome Muhammad Yunus and Beth Brooke-Marciniak as our Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients,” said Babson College President Kerry Healey. “Their message and example of innovation and inclusiveness will serve to inspire our student participants as well as their family members and friends.”

Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune magazine named Professor Yunus “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time” in March 2012.

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Muhammad Yunus is the recipient of 55 honorary degrees from universities across 20 countries. He has received 112 awards from 26 countries including state honors from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998), and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006). In Bangladesh, he got President's Award in 1978 for introducing an innovative organization in agriculture. He was awarded the Independence Day Award in 1987 by the President of Bangladesh for the outstanding contribution in rural development. This is the highest civilian national award of Bangladesh.

Professor Yunus was chosen by Wharton School of Business as one of ‘The 25 Most influential Business Persons of the Past 25 Years’. AsiaWeek (Hong Kong) selected him as one of ‘Twenty Great Asians (1975-1995).” Ananda Bazaar Patrika(India) selected Professor Yunus as one of ‘Ten Great Bengalis of the Century (1900-1999).’

In 2006, Time magazine listed Professor Yunus under ‘60 years of Asian Heroes’ as one the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Yunus was voted the 2nd topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States). In 2010, The New Statesman (UK) listed him as one of ‘The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures.’

Professor Yunus has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Colbert Report, Real Time with Bill Maher, Hardtalk on BBC, and The Simpsons. Financial Times (FT) chose Professor Muhammad Yunus as one of six ‘Finance Pioneers.’ In the FT March 31, 2015 issue, in an article entitled "Business Pioneers in Finance," Professor Yunus has been placed alongside Warren Buffett, Amadeo Giannini, Henry Kravis, J.P Morgan, and Mayer Amschel Rothschild as greatest business finance pioneers of all time. He has appeared on the cover of Time magazine,Newsweek and Forbes magazine.

Beth Brooke-Marciniak

Beth Brooke-Marciniak is Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at EY and is a member of the firm’s Global Executive Board. Beth has public policy responsibility for the firm’s operations in 155 countries. In addition, she is the global sponsor for EY’s Diversity and Inclusiveness efforts. She has been named eight times to the list of Forbes ‘World's 100 Most Powerful Women’, was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Concern Worldwide, and has been inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

As Global Vice Chair, Beth focuses on shaping the firm’s strategic direction and position on public policy, and is one of the profession’s most prominent voices in the public policy arena. Her work includes engaging with regulators, policymakers, business leaders, investors, and other key stakeholders around the world to address the critical issues facing the profession and global capital markets. She regularly speaks at forums around the world on a far ranging set of topics. She is consistently recognized in the ‘Directorship 100’ and Accounting Today’s ‘100 Most Influential.’

Beth is passionate about using her leadership platform to make a difference in the world. She is a devoted advocate for the advancement of women around the world. Beth served on the U.S. Delegation to the 53rd and 54th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Through her leadership, EY joins annually with Forbes to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of women at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Also through her leadership, this year in Davos, the topic of LGBT inclusion took the main stage for the first time among world leaders. Within EY, Beth’s support of the firm’s inclusiveness, mentoring, and flexibility initiatives have contributed to EY’s consistent recognition by Fortune as one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For.’ Beth also founded the Women Athletes Business Network for EY, which works to create an environment that supports elite female athletes who seek to develop their leadership potential beyond their sporting careers.

Beth’s policy expertise enabled her to make strong contributions to government as well. During the Clinton Administration, she worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where she was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. She played important roles in the healthcare reform and Superfund reform efforts. Prior to her current role at EY, Beth was National Director of Tax Advisory Services in Washington D.C., and previous to that, she worked in both audit and tax in the Indianapolis office where she became the first woman partner in 1990. Over the course of her career, Beth has served some of the largest companies in the insurance and healthcare industries.

Beth has an undergraduate degree, with highest distinction, from Purdue University, where she majored in Industrial Management/Computer Science, while playing Intercollegiate Women’s Basketball and has an honorary doctorate degree as well from Purdue. Beth is a Certified Public Accountant and a Fellow in the Life Management Institute, a professional designation in the insurance industry.

Throughout her career, Beth has been actively engaged in numerous civic and business organizations. She serves on the Boards of Vital Voices and The Conference Board. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute, and the Women’s Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the inaugural class of the Henry Crown Fellows of The Aspen Institute and the Committee of 200. Beth is also the Co-Chair of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, now at Georgetown, founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for​ Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top​-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action®​​ as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.​


By Michael Chmura,, 781-239-4549 | 03/21/2016 10:00