Posts Tagged with “Daniel Akerson”

GM chief Akerson addresses Bryant University grads

June 14th, 2011

Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin offers his take on GM CEO Dan Akerson's Commencement address on campus May 21.

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Words of wisdom at Bryant Commencement

June 12th, 2011

The New York Times included an excerpt from the Bryant University Commencement address presented by GM CEO Daniel Akerson. The Times also created thisĀ  illustration of most-common themes cited in the presentation.

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When exactly did it become hip to buy American again?

May 24th, 2011

Automotive News offers excerpts from the Commencement address presented at Bryant by General Motors CEO Daniel Akerson.

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CEO of GM advises Bryant grads to let greater goals, not just money, guide their futures

May 22nd, 2011

Bryant University graduates took snippets of wisdom from literary great Ralph Waldo Emerson, the inimitable Ferris Bueller and the chairman of General Motors with them as they headed off into the future Saturday, the Providence Journal reports.

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Word of mouth: A recap of Bryant University’s Commencement weekend guest speakers

May 21st, 2011

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - On the day that celebrated Bryant University's graduating seniors, the cheering was loudest for the most senior man on campus.

Louis Zamperini, 94, whose life of sacrifice, unrelenting courage and forgiveness has inspired generations of people around the world, received two standing ovations from the 813 graduates and guests who were taking part in the University's 148th Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 21,

A World War II veteran and POW camp survivor, Zamperini received the University's inaugural Distinguished Character Award over the weekend. He also received one of five honorary degrees presented by the University. The other four recipients were Daniel F. Akerson, CEO of General Motors; Ellen Alemany, chairwoman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group, Rabbi Leslie Gutterman of Temple Beth-El in Providence, and Roger Mandle, executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority and former president of Rhode Island School of Design.

Akerson delivered the Commencement address at Saturday's ceremony, Zamperini was the featured speaker during the interfaith Baccalaureate service Friday, May 20, and Mandle was the guest speaker at the Graduate School of Business Commencement ceremony Thursday, May 19. (Each ceremony was recorded and can be viewed online here.)

Excerpts from their presentations follow.

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CEO of General Motors to address 813 graduating seniors at 148th Commencement

May 18th, 2011

Honorary degrees will be presented to Daniel Akerson of General Motors, Ellen Alemany of Citizens Financial Group, Rabbi Leslie Gutterman of Providence's Temple Beth-El and World War II veteran and POW survivor Louis Zamperini.

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Daniel Akerson (left), chairman and CEO of General Motors, will address 813 graduating seniors and their guests at Bryant University's undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 21.

A procession of students, faculty, administrators, Board of Trustees members, and the honorary degree recipients begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Bryant University campus. The ceremony, held under a large tent, begins at 10 and is expected to end at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony will be webcast live.

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Daniel Akerson, CEO of General Motors, will address graduating seniors May 21 at Bryant University

April 22nd, 2011

Roger Mandle, executive director of the Qatar Museums Authority, will be the Graduate School speaker. Akerson and Mandle will receive honorary degrees, as will Ellen Alemany of Citizens Financial Group, Rabbi Leslie Gutterman of Temple Beth-El in Providence, and World War II veteran/POW survivor Louis Zamperini, subject of the best-selling biography Unbroken.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Daniel Akerson, chairman and CEO of General Motors, will address Bryant University's graduating seniors and guests and will receive an honorary degree during the University's undergraduate Commencement Saturday, May 21. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the University campus, 1150 Douglas Pike.

Akerson's honorary degree is one of five to be presented by the University this year. Ellen Alemany, chairwoman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group, Rabbi Leslie Gutterman of Temple Beth-El in Providence, and World War II veteran/POW survivor Louis Zamperini, the subject of the best-selling biography Unbroken, will receive honorary degrees on May 21.

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