Congratulations to the Class of 2021! They went out in style at Commencement on June 12, with an inspiring commencement address from Gregory Coleman ’91 and a valedictory address by Emmett Campbell ’21, while Kenneth Mortenson ’63 accepted our highest alumni award, the Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award.

Meet the Class of 2021

Our graduating seniors had some very exciting options as they made their college decisions, with $4.4 million in scholarship offers and admission offers from top national universities and liberal arts schools including University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. 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

Gregory Coleman ’91 is the CEO of Sworkit, a fitness technology company that provides personalized, convenient, and efficient workouts to any screen anywhere and is the leading platform for delivering dynamic exercise content.

He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors and co-founded and led Sworkit from concept to a market leader in the digital fitness industry. Sworkit was identified as one of Fast Company’s “2017’s 10 Most Innovative Fitness Companies” and was also featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

A retired Air Force Colonel who served on both active duty and in the D.C. National Guard, Coleman also is a Senior Advisor and Principal in the Defense Innovation Unit’s National Security Innovation Capital, the venture-capital equivalent arm of the Department of Defense. In this role, he leads DoD’s investments in power and advanced energy companies.

Richard L. Duchossois ’40 Integrity and Values Alumni Award

During his career at Oppenheimer Capital, Kenneth Mortenson ’63 was a Managing Director responsible for investing client’s pension fund assets totaling $12 billion.

For two decades, Mortenson has been on the board of The Glaucoma Foundation, which supports cutting-edge research at universities and medical institutions around the world. He serves on the executive committee and leads the investment committee, which manages the foundation’s endowment fund.

Mortenson previously served for 14 years on the board of Partnership with Children, a not-for-profit agency that provides critical social work services to children in New York City public schools. His other philanthropic interests include Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Citymeals on Wheels, and his alma maters.

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, athletics, service, and leadership, Emmett Campbell ’21 graduates as a member of the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society. He also received a pair of annual senior awards, the Dr. Larry Brown Science Award and the Annie E. Heath Senior Mathematics Award. A native of Beverly, he plans to study molecular and cellular biology next fall at the University of California, Berkeley. (A transcript of his address is available here.)

Senior Class Gift

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