Commencement Speaker

David Rubenstein headshotDavid Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms.  Since its founding in 1987, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $216 billion from 31 offices around the world. Mr. Rubenstein is a 1970 graduate of Duke University and a 1973 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments before becoming the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Carter Administration. He also practiced law in both NYC and in DC.

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; and President of the Economic Club of Washington. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Business Council, and Harvard Global Advisory Council (Chairman), among other board seats and memberships.

Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge, and a recipient of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. He is also the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations.

Mr. Rubenstein has been a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, the Kennedy Center, the National Archives, the National Zoo, the Library of Congress, and the African-American History and Culture Museum, among other historic sites.  He has also provided to the U.S. government long-term loans of his rare copies of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, and the first map of the U.S. (Abel Buell map), among other historical documents.


Baccalaureate Speaker

John Hillen headshotJohn Hillen

The Honorable Dr. John Hillen is an award-winning CEO and leadership expert, former Assistant Secretary of State, public intellectual, decorated combat veteran, board chairman of several companies, and a popular business school professor. He served for eight years as a Trustee of Hampden-Sydney College and received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion from Hampden-Sydney College in 2016.

He is the author of several books, most recently What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You, which was recognized as one of the top business books of 2018. He is currently the CEO of Everwatch Solutions, a mid-sized defense technology firm in Northern Virginia. He has been the CEO or COO of several companies in New York and Northern Virginia, both public and privately held, and a director or board chairman of several others. He has been named one of the 100 most influential business leaders in the DC area.

Hillen is the recipient of a number of different leadership awards in the military, government, academia, and in business. Unanimously confirmed by the Senate in 2005, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in the second half of the Bush administration and in that capacity spent much of his time with US and allied troops in war zones from Iraq to Afghanistan to the Southern Philippines. Dr. Hillen served for twelve years as an Army reconnaissance officer and paratrooper. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his role in the Battle of the 73 Easting during Operation Desert Storm. He was the military advisor on the original Call of Duty video game series set in World War II. 

Dr. Hillen graduated from Duke University, holds a Master’s Degree from King’s College London, a doctorate from Oxford, and received his MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell.