Commencement speaker named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People

Robin ChaseRobin Chase, recently named one of Time magazine’s 100 World’s Most Influential People, will share her wisdom with SUNY Oswego graduates and their families at May 16 Commencement ceremonies.

The CEO of carpooling venture and co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar will speak at both the 9 a.m. ceremony for the School of Business and School of Education and the 1:30 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts. Both will take place in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall.

At the afternoon ceremony, pioneering heart disease researcher and 1969 SUNY Oswego graduate Ban-An Khaw also will speak and receive an honorary doctorate of science.

Around 1,400 students are eligible to take part in May 16 Commencement ceremonies.

In 1999, Chase co-founded Zipcar, a car-sharing service that aims to mitigate the impact of automobiles on society by providing them to drivers on an as-needed basis. SUNY Oswego made its first two Zipcars available in late April.

Chase moved on to head, which combines online carpooling with social networking.

“Robin’s work illustrates what’s best about people using the Internet: not well-intended yet futile do-goodism but business that’s also a community service,” Time noted. “It’s about people using the Internet to work together in the service of one another.”

C-SPAN is coming to Oswego to film the morning Commencement and Chase’s speech for later broadcast.

SUNY Oswego’s Commencement activities will stream live at a link on and Time Warner Cable channel 96.

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(Posted: May 11, 2009)

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