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Commencement Recap - May 3, 2019

Did you miss the Undergraduate or Graduate Commencement Ceremonies? No Worries!

The Featured Speaker for the Undergraduate Economics Commencement was Ms. Mary Ellen Coe, President, Google Customer Solutions. In her role, Mary Ellen oversees the global ads business for mid-market and small businesses, serving millions of customers and thousands of partners worldwide. Her team helps businesses get online and grow, focusing on sales and operations for this high-growth segment as well as the acquisition of new advertisers and channel partners for Google Ads.

Prior to joining Google in 2012, Mary Ellen was a Partner with McKinsey & Company for 12 years, where she advised leading consumer, media and tech companies, and led the Consumer Marketing and Sales practice in North America. Earlier in her career, she spent 11 years in marketing and brand strategy, helping leading brands expand their global reach. Mary Ellen completed her BA from the U-M in 1989.

Mary Ellen is a member of the advisory board of the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan and will join Merck’s Board of Directors in March 2019. She served on the board of Whole Foods, and was involved in stewarding the company through the acquisition by Amazon. She resides in Los Altos Hills, California with her husband and two daughters.

Commencement Recap - April 27, 2018


The Featured Speaker for the Economics Commencement Ceremony was Ms. Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, who joined the ceremony by telephone due to last minute logistical problems. Ms. Songwe has a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Political Science from University of Michigan (1996). She also holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics and a Master of Arts in Law and Economics and a Diplome d'etudes approfondies in Economic Science and Politics from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.  

Find out more about Ms. Songwe here!