30 Apr 2012

Sheryl Sandberg (MBA ’95) To Address HBS Students on Class Day 2012


BOSTON—Harvard Business School alumna Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, will give Harvard Business School's (HBS) Class Day keynote address to graduating students on Wednesday, May 23, as part of a student-led ceremony traditionally held the day before Harvard University's Commencement exercises and the HBS diploma ceremony.

Since joining the company in March 2008, Sandberg has helped Facebook become profitable and helped transform it into the world's largest social media network. As one of the few women in a top positions in the technology industry, Sandberg has also been vocal about empowering women as business leaders.

Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Online Sales & Operations at Google from November 2001 through February 2008. Before Google, she was chief of staff for then-Secretary of the Treasury Lawrence Summers during the Clinton Administration.

The Class Day program will also include a welcome from the co-presidents of the MBA Class of 2012, faculty teaching awards, and a student speaker.

The Class Day keynote speaker is selected each year by a student committee responsible for planning the ceremony, which 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.


Cullen Schmitt

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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 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.