IBM CEO Rometty tapped as Northwestern commencement speaker

Northwestern alum returns as one of tech industry's most powerful players

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Stephen Sauer

Northwestern University has named IBM Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty as its commencement speaker for ceremonies taking place on Friday, June 19 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.

Rometty, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and electrical engineering from Northwestern, has been ranked number one in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for the last three years. In February, she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

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Rometty was named CEO of IBM on Jan. 1, 2012 and has worked for Big Blue since 1981.

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Rometty will speak at Ryan Field at Northwestern University

Last year Rometty delivered the commencement address at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

She is among several high profile tech industry executives named as commencement speakers for 2015. Others include Apple CEO Tim Cook, who will speak at George Washington University and US CTO Megan Smith, who will speak at MIT.

(An earlier version of this story listed Elon Musk as Stanford's commencement speaker, but that info was dated, so was nixed.)


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