Berkeley Haas always brings distinguished speakers to give the commencement keynote address. In recent years these speakers have been some of the school’s own distinguished alumni.


Steve Etter

BS 83, MBA 89

Co-founder, Greyrock Capital Group
Lecturer, Haas Finance Group

Watch Steve Etter’s address at the 2019 Undergraduate Program commencement.

Patrick Awuah

MBA 99

Founder and President, Ashesi University, Ghana

Watch Patrick Awuah’s address at the 2019 MBA commencement.

Richard Lindsey

Managing Partner, Windham Capital

Watch Richard Lindsey’s address at the 2019 MFE commencement.


Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez

BS 09

Co-Founders, Back to the Roots

Watch Nikhil and Alejandro’s address at the 2018 Undergraduate Program commencement.

Paul Rice

MBA 96

President and CEO, Fair Trade USA

Watch Paul Rice’s address at the 2018 MBA commencement.


Sangeeta Desai

BS 98

Group COO/CEO for Emerging Markets, FremantleMedia

Watch Sangeeta Desai’s address at the 2017 Undergraduate Program commencement.

Joseph Jimenez

MBA 84

Chief Financial Officer, Novartis

Watch Joseph Jimenez’s address at the 2017 MBA commencement.

Howard Morgan

Venture Capitalist, Philanthropist, and Angel Investor

Watch Howard Morgan’s address at the 2017 MFE commencement.


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