BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) graduate Salman (Sal) Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy, a not-for-profit organization that provides online videos on a wide array of subjects to students and other learners of all ages around the globe, will give Harvard Business School’s Class Day keynote address to members of the MBA Class of 2014 on Wed., May 28, as part of a student-led ceremony held the day before Harvard University’s Commencement exercises.
In 2004, Khan began tutoring his young cousin in math while communicating by phone and using an interactive notepad. He then created software to give his cousins practice problems and feedback. To complement this software, he also began posting videos of his hand-scribbled tutorials on YouTube. When demand took off in 2009, he quit his job at a hedge fund to commit himself fully to launching his new educational venture.
With over 10 million unique student visitors per month, the Khan Academy website now provides a self-pacing, guided learning experience, with more than 100,000 practice exercises and 5,000 instructional videos covering everything from basic arithmetic to college-level science and economics.
The HBS Class Day program will also include a welcome from the co-presidents of the MBA Class of 2014, the presentation of faculty teaching awards, and an address by a student speaker. The program is open to members of the graduating class, their guests, HBS alumni, faculty, and staff.
For more information on HBS Class Day and Harvard University Commencement, go to www.hbs.edu/commencement.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.