Congratulations to the Class of 2020! They went out in style at Commencement on July 25, with an inspiring commencement address from Bob Carpenter ’73 and an emotional valedictory address by Celeste Kettaneh ’20, while D. Stephen Menzies ’73 accepted our highest alumni award, the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award.

Meet the Class of 2020

Our graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions, with $4.7 million in scholarship offers and admission offers from top national universities and liberal arts schools including Northwestern University, Cornell University, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Morehouse College, Wake Forest University, and New York University. We couldn’t be prouder to see the nation’s top schools recognize the character, accomplishments, and future potential of MPA graduates!

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Commencement Address

Bob Carpenter ’73 began his career as a consultant in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group. He served in senior management information technology and services positions at companies such as Square D, AT&T, and NCR, before becoming President and CEO of IHS, a leading worldwide content, software, and services provider of technical and business information solutions. Since leaving IHS, he has focused on private investments and not-for-profit organizations. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from DePauw University, an M.A. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award

D. Stephen Menzies ’73 is Chief Executive Officer of The Longwood Group, a private merchant bank that advises and invests with institutional sponsor clients in global surface transportation businesses, with a focus on freight transportation equipment, leasing, and logistic services. He previously was a Senior Vice President and Group President at Dallas-based Trinity Industries, the largest manufacturer of railcars, inland barges, highway guardrail, and wind towers in North America. Menzies holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree from Tulane University and a Master of Arts in Finance from the University of Alabama, where he serves on the Board of Visitors for the Culverhouse College of Business.

The award is named for Richard L. Duchossois ’40, founder and chairman emeritus of The Duchossois Group, Inc., and is given annually as the Academy’s highest alumni honor in recognition of his lifetime achievements, professional success, and service to the school, his community, and society.

Valedictory Address

Equally passionate about academics, arts, athletics, service, and leadership, Celeste Kettaneh ’20 graduates as a member of the Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, and French Honor Society. She also received the Martin Wolf Service Award. A native of Crown Point, Indiana, she plans to study neuroscience on a pre-med track at the University of Michigan. (A transcript of her address is available here.)

Full Ceremony

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