Commencement Speakers Share the Wisdom of Experience

Spring/Summer 2014
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From left to right: Laura Alber, C’90, and Dau Jok, C’14.

On Sunday, May 18, the College of Arts and Sciences celebrated the Class of 2014 at a graduation ceremony featuring speakers Laura Alber, C’90, and Dau Jok, C’14. Jok is a two-time co-captain of Penn’s varsity men’s basketball team and founder and director of the Dut Jok Youth Foundation, which aims to empower Southern Sudanese youth through leadership-building activities. He spoke to his classmates about his journey from a childhood ravaged by civil war in the Sudan to his rewarding time at Penn and the many champions who helped him along the way. Alber, who is president and chief executive officer of Williams-Sonoma, Inc., addressed the graduates, friends, and family about commitment, being in the moment, and the limitations of planning.