Stanford University Invites Bloomberg to Inspire Graduates at Commencement Address

By Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
Kristen Meriwether
February 25, 2013 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Mayor Bloomberg giving the State of the City 2013 speech at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 14. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver the 2013 commencement address at Stanford University on June 16 in the Stanford Stadium, the University announced Monday.

Bloomberg will be added to an illustrious list of speakers at Stanford, such as Steve Jobs and Oprah.

Stanford President John Hennessy said Bloomberg was a fitting choice because he embodies the entrepreneurial spirit Stanford is known for.

“Businessman, entrepreneur, mayor, philanthropist—few people have demonstrated his vision and the breadth of his accomplishments,” Hennessy said in a statement. “I expect our graduates will be inspired by a leader willing to tackle difficult issues and find innovative ways to address them.”

Senior Class Presidents Steven Greitzer, Arjun Aggarwal, Christine Kim, and Will Seaton said in a statement, “Acting in both the business and political world, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has always combined his personal brand of leadership with a staunch determination to be true to his own values and beliefs above all else.”

The Class Day lecture, a 30-year-plus tradition at Stanford, will feature Mehran Sahami, associate professor of computer science and a former Google research scientist.

Alumna Valarie Kaur, an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights advocate and interfaith organizer, will speak at the Baccalaureate ceremony.

Bloomberg earned a bachelor degree from John’s Hopkins University in 1964 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1966.

Famous Stanford Commencement Address Speakers

2010 – Susan Rice, U.S ambassador to the UN
2008 – Oprah, global media leader and philanthropist
2006 – Tom Brokaw, anchor NBC Nightly News, 2006 (undergraduate)
2005 – Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc.  
2002 – Condoleezza Rice, national security advisor
1998, 1986 – Ted Koppel, anchor of ABC’s “Nightline”
1985 – Mario Cuomo, Governor, New York

Steve Jobs’ speech in 2005: 

Oprah’s speech in 2010:

Kristen Meriwether