Stevens is honored to have such distinguished speakers this year for our Commencement Ceremonies.
Cal Ripken Jr., Undergraduate Speaker
Cal Ripken Jr., a Hall of Fame baseball player, philanthropist and best-selling author, played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of fame in 2007. He is the definition of perseverance and grit, and still holds Major League Baseball’s iron man record for playing 2,632 games. After his retirement in 2001, Ripken took that same mentality into a second career in philanthropy. He is the chair of Ripken Baseball, which grows the game at the grassroots level by operating tournaments and camps for kids passionate about baseball. During the 10:00 a.m. Undergraduate Ceremony on May 25th, Stevens will confer on Ripken an honorary doctor of philosophy degree — an award that reflects his achievements in athletics, youth development, entrepreneurship, philanthropy and media.
Dean Kamen, Graduate Speaker
Dean Kamen is best known for inventing the two-wheeled Segway. He holds more than 1,000 patents and has invented numerous devices including the first insulin pump for diabetics and a wheelchair that climbs stairs. He is greatly admired in the engineering world for his science and technology advocacy, his imagination and his rebellious knack for doing the impossible. In 1989, he founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the world’s leading youth-serving non-profit advancing STEM education. During the 10:00 a.m. Graduate Ceremony on May 26th, Stevens will confer on Kamen an honorary doctor of engineering degree — an award that reflects his work as an inventor, engineer, entrepreneur and passionate advocate for science and technology education.