Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, joins President Bill Powers, Chancellor William McRaven and Student Government President Kori Rady in honoring the Class of 2015.
Walker will share his commencement remarks in a live stream at 8 p.m. tonight. Tune in to the live stream.
As the highest-ranking officer at the Ford Foundation, Walker currently oversees more than $12 billion in assets, $500 million in grants and 10 international offices for the Ford Foundation, the second largest philanthropic organization in the United States.
Walker earned three degrees from The University of Texas at Austin: a bachelor of arts in government, a bachelor of science in speech communication and a doctorate in jurisprudence from the School of Law.
“It is a tremendous honor to address the remarkable students of the class of 2015 at The University of Texas at Austin. I may live in New York City, but my heart will always belong in Texas,” said Walker.
“This is an exciting moment for these soon-to-be graduates as they set out, with fresh degrees in hand, to tackle the numerous and complex challenges our society faces. I am buoyed by optimism for their future, and I look forward to celebrating this grand achievement with my fellow Longhorns,” Walker said.