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Commencement Keynote Speakers

2019
Dorothy Leland, Chancellor

2018
Maria Cardona, CNN
Lenny Mendonca, Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Co.

2017
Lesley Slaton Brown, Chief Global Diversity Officer, HP, Inc. (E-NS)
Héctor Tobar, Author (SSHA)

2016
Diosdado P. Banatao, Partner, Tallwood Venture Capital (E-NS)
Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (SSHA)

2015
Richard A. Tapia, University Professor, Rice University (E-NS)
Cora B. Marrett, Former Deputy Director and Acting Director, National Science Foundation (SSHA)

2014
Kristina M. Johnson, CEO, Enduring Hydra, LLC (E-NS)
Paul C. Lo, Judge, Merced County Superior Court (SSHA)

2013
José M. Hernandez, Former NASA Astronaut (E-NS)
David Mas Masumoto, Author (SSHA)

2012
Hon. Cruz Bustamante, California Lieutenant Governor (Ret.)

2011
Lloyd Dean, CEO, Dignity Health

2010
Lester Holt, NBC news anchor

2009
First Lady Michelle Obama

​​​​​​​2008
Ruben Navarrette Jr., nationally syndicated columnist

2007
Hon. John Garamendi, Congressman and California Lieutenant Governor (Ret.)

2006
No keynote speaker