OAKLAND, CA (May 6, 2019) – Holy Names University (HNU) announces the commencement speakers for its 2019 graduation ceremonies. Dr. Betty Uribe, author of international best-selling book, “#Values, The Secret to Top Level Performance in Business and Life” will speak to graduate students on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., and Paul L. Cobb, publisher of the Oakland Post, will address undergraduates on Saturday, May 11, at 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Betty Uribe is an author, financial services executive, and values-based leader and speaker. Her book: “#Values, The Secret to Top Level Performance in Business and Life” was named among the Top 60 Best Business & Leadership Books Written by Women in Inc. Magazine and received glowing reviews from The Washington Post and CNBC. Among the many other honors bestowed upon Dr. Uribe are: Fortune Magazine’s top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business (2017 & 2018); Top Woman in Banking by the Los Angeles Business Journal and American Banker Magazine; and The Most Prominent Latina in Los Angeles (2016). Uribe is executive vice president at California Bank & Trust.
Paul L. Cobb is the owner and publisher of the Oakland Post and eight other newspapers which comprise the Post News Group. A native of Oakland, Mr. Cobb has dedicated his life to improving the lives of African Americans. In 1965, he marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and has since embraced King’s challenge to end poverty and save decaying urban areas. Mr. Cobb is the co-founder of the Oakland Black Caucus which advocates for civil rights in the Oakland public schools, city and regional governments. He was executive director of Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal and the co-founder of the Greenlining Coalition, an organization that brought investments and opportunity into communities of color.
Says HNU’s President Mike Groener, “This year’s commencement speakers demonstrate the power of leading with your values that can only inspire our graduates to go further with their educations and with their lives.”
Joining Dr. Uribe and Mr. Cobb in addressing HNU graduates are:
Speaker (reflections) for Commencement Mass: Sheila Gibson, PhD
Invocation at Graduate Commencement: Isabel Rangel ‘19
Student Musicians for Graduate Commencement: HNU Kodály Chamber Singers
Invocation at Undergraduate Commencement: Victoria Camarena ‘19
Student Speakers for Undergraduate Commencement: Shaylah Ellis ’19 & Mikaela Johnson ‘19
Holy Names University (HNU) has been empowering and preparing a diverse student body for productive lives of leadership and service since 1868. Rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions, the University was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. HNU offers a liberal arts and professional education through 15 undergraduate majors and seven master’s degree programs. Student-centered, with small class sizes and courses in varied formats and schedules, HNU meets the needs of all learners, including first-generation students and working adults. Nestled in the Oakland hills of California, the University’s idyllic, 60-acre campus offers panoramic views of San Francisco Bay. For more information, visit www.hnu.edu.