Ronan Farrow to Address Class of 2012

Writer, human rights lawyer and diplomat Ronan Farrow will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree and deliver the keynote address at Dominican University of California’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 12. John R. Gaulding, founder and director of Sage Partners LLC, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the graduate commencement address, Friday, May 11.

More than 320 students are due to receive degrees during the undergraduate ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Forest Meadows Amphitheater.

Farrow's speech will be streamed live through Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM), public access cable television. Click on to view the commencement address.

Radio Dominican will broadcast the entire commencement ceremony. Click on to listen live.

Farrow has most recently served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues and the director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues. He recently was named a Rhodes Scholar and will begin studies at the University of Oxford in Fall 2012. Farrow was Bard College’s youngest ever graduate at age 15, among the youngest students ever admitted to Yale Law School at age 16, and the youngest State Department political appointee on record at age 21.

About 160 students will participate in Dominican’s graduate ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. in Conlan Recreation Center. Gaulding is a founder and director of Sage Partners, LLC, an advisory and investment firm providing capital and strategic counsel to emerging growth companies. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University of California.

For more information about Dominican Commencement 2012, click here  Commencement or visit the Commencement page on the University's website.


Ronan Farrow
As Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues and director of the State Department’s Global Youth Issues office, Farrow has served as the senior US official on youth engagement during a critical time of youth-led unrest. Farrow and Secretary Clinton founded the State Department’s first Office of Global Youth Issues to engage young people as economic and civic actors through U.S. programs, encourage governments to respond to youth through US diplomacy, and directly engage young people around the world.

He assumed his current role following two years as the State Department’s Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, overseeing the U.S. Government’s relationships with civil society and non-governmental actors.

Prior to joining the State Department, he served as Spokesperson for Youth at UNICEF, working with youth groups on the AIDS epidemic in Nigeria, on post-war reconstruction efforts in Angola, and in the Darfur region of Sudan.

His writings on humanitarian and human rights issues have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal, and he has appeared on MSNBC, ABC and CNN, among others, advocating for children associated with armed conflicts.

In 2009, Farrow was named by New York Magazine as their “New Activist” of the year and included on their list of individuals “on the verge of changing their worlds.” In 2010, Harper’s Bazaar named him their “up-and-coming politician of the year.” In 2011, Forbes named him to the “30 Under 30” list of high-achieving young people.

John R. Gaulding
John R. Gaulding is private investor and advisor in the fields of strategy, organization, and governance.  He serves on the boards of directors for Yellow Media, Inc., Canada's leading internet company, and for Monster Worldwide, Inc., parent of the leading global careers portal  He has also served on the boards of ANTS Software, Inc., Ortel, Inc., and National Insurance Group, Inc. where he was also Chairman and CEO.  In addition, Mr. Gaulding was non-executive Chairman of Novo Media, one of the first digital agencies in San Francisco, and of Get Me In, a London-based provider of secondary ticketing systems in Europe.

Previously, Mr. Gaulding was President and CEO of ADP Claims Solutions Group and President and CEO of Pacific Bell Directory.  Earlier in his career, he was a senior partner in two global management consulting firms and more recently was a senior advisor to the global strategy practice of Deloitte.

Mr. Gaulding has served on the Board of Trustees of Dominican University of California for fifteen years, and is now completing his third term as chairman.

Mr. Gaulding holds a BS degree in Engineering from UCLA and an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California, where he has taught and served on the Board of Visitors.