Centennial Commencement

Entrepreneurial leaders. Inspiring speeches. Our newest graduates. Babson's Centennial Commencement May 18, 2019.

Then:1919

Twenty-seven students take a pledge to embark on a business career as a means of rendering service to humanity.

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Now:2019

Our purpose remains: to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere.

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Next:2020+

We now embark on a mission to put the power of entrepreneurship in the most hands, and places, as possible.

See the Future

Now:2019

Our purpose remains: to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere.

#DearBabson Campaign January 16–25, 2019

Global alumni, students, faculty, and staff launched the Centennial by sharing their gratitude for Babson

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Centennial Presidents’ Fireside Chat February 8, 2019

The community convened for a fireside chat to discuss Babson’s past, present, and future

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Commencement May 18, 2019

This year marks Babson’s 100th Commencement ceremonies, a momentous celebration of our graduates, their families, and the entire Babson community

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Women-Led Entrepreneurship

Babson will continue to support and foster women-led entrepreneurship around the world

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Entrepreneurship Research Week June 2–8, 2019

Global scholars will convene for two research conferences: Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference (BCERC) and Diana International Research Conference

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July 1, 2019

President-elect Dr. Stephen Spinelli Jr. will become Babson's 14th president

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Family Entrepreneurship

Babson will build on its commitment to family entrepreneurs, recognizing that families, not just family businesses, drive entrepreneurial behavior

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Centennial Celebration September 18–22, 2019

Join us for Babson Connect: Worldwide, the Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs®, and Back to Babson

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Social Innovation

Babson remains dedicated to the UN Global Goals and will advance its efforts in creating great economic and social value, simultaneously

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Celebrating the Present

2019 marks Babson’s Centennial and 100 years of revolutionizing business education. By transforming the way people do and see business, Babson has paved the way for entrepreneurs to spend the next 100 years changing the world.

Join us at upcoming celebrations! See Babson’s Centennial event calendar for 2019 »

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    Events

    Sustainability
    Friday, Mar 29

    Sustainability Forum

    Hear cutting-edge leaders share ideas to enable individuals, businesses, and institutions to become more environmentally responsible. The theme of this year's forum is "Embracing the Future's Goals," focusing on the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals while celebrating entrepreneurs, institutions, and businesses who are taking ownership of those initiatives.

    Friday, Apr 5

    Babson Latin American Forum

    Sponsored by the Babson Latin American Club, the Latin American Forum is a platform that connects Babson with our global community while building strong networks that transcend time and distance.

    Thursday, Apr 11

    Founders' Summit

    An afternoon of ideas and inspiration for founders and builders of all kinds of companies, created for Babson’s Centennial by the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship. Mega Mentoring, lightning talks, and a keynote speech by successful serial entrepreneur Tim DeMello ’81 P’18. Then join us for the finale of the B.E.T.A Challenge!

    Thursday, Apr 11

    B.E.T.A. Challenge

    Graduate students, undergraduates, and alumni compete for a grand prize of $20,000 in the Blank Center’s B.E.T.A. (Babson Entrepreneurial Thought & Action®) Challenge by demonstrating taking successful action to achieve major business milestones.

    India Symposium
    Friday, Apr 19 • 11:00am

    India Symposium

    This is a premier conference organized at Babson College, #1 school for Entrepreneurship for 25 years. The conference promotes Babson and India by engaging and interacting with Indian leaders from various disciplines. The theme of BIS 2019 is “Gearing For Growth”. The conference aims at reflecting on what unique factors have allowed India to thrive on the competitive global landscape.

    Thursday, May 2 • 4:00pm

    Lavender Graduation

    A celebratory event where achievements of graduating LGBTQ+ and ally students are recognized and Babson students, faculty, staff, alumni are honored with the Babson Pride Awards. Featured speaker will be the gender non-conforming performer, writer, activist and educator, Alok Vaid-Menon.

    Thursday, May 16

    Kerry Murphy Healey Park opening

    Before the pomp & circumstance of Commencement, a festive opening of this central gathering place on campus, anchored by the newly-renovated Babson World Globe and Fountain of Flags.

    Centennial Golf Tournament
    Monday, Jun 3

    Centennial Golf Tournament

    Join alumni, parents, and friends for Babson Athletics' biggest fundraiser of the century! Enjoy a round of golf at the prestigious Wellesley Country Club, lunch, cocktails, dinner, a raffle, networking, and lots of fun. All proceeds will support the Babson Athletics Excellence Fund.

    Wednesday, Jun 5

    Diana Project International Impact Day

    Join investors, accelerators, policy-makers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and other disruptors at the culmination of the annual Diana International Research Conference on financing women entrepreneurs, as they explore practical solutions to leverage one of the largest economic opportunities of our time.

    Babson 100

    Babson 100

    In honor of our Centennial, we asked the Babson community to nominate their favorite person, moment, or place from the last 100 years.

    Together, those nominations form the #Babson100.

    Explore the Babson 100

    Centennial Commencement Speakers

    Steve Case

    Steve Case to Deliver Undergraduate Centennial Commencement Address

    Best known for co-founding America Online (AOL), Steve Case will address Babson’s undergraduate Centennial Class of 2019 as its Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 18.

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    Akio Toyoda

    Akio Toyoda MBA’82 to Deliver Graduate Centennial Commencement Address

    Global business leader and Babson alumnus Akio Toyoda MBA’82, president of Toyota Motor Corporation, will address Babson’s graduate Class of 2019 as their Centennial Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 18.

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    News

    Forbes International Student Ranking

    At Babson, the World Becomes Your Home

    Babson offers international students one of the best college experiences in the United States, according to Forbes. What this means for Babson is that it’s creating global citizens out of all of its students, not just those from overseas.

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    Celebrate Babson's Centennial

    Put your name on a brick in Kerry Murphy Healey Park, wear a Babson Centennial Ring as a symbol of pride for Babson's history, or get a little "taste" of the Babson Centennial delivered straight to you!

    Babson invites you to be a part of its historic milestone and purchase a brick within the new Kerry Murphy Healey Park.
    Centennial Ring
    Reflect on your college experience and get a lasting memento of Babson’s 100th anniversary year.
    Babson Cake
    Order your free, individually numbered slice of virtual cake, wish Babson a happy birthday, then share your slice of cake on social media with #Babson100.

    Community Engagement