Leading Expe­ri­en­tial Research Uni­ver­sity to Grad­uate 2,200

Described by Newsweek as “the enforcer in America’s cor­po­rate board­rooms”, Secu­ri­ties and Exchange Com­mis­sion Chairman Chris Cox has over­seen one of the most dra­matic and suc­cessful shifts in the agency’s his­tory, intro­ducing sweeping new reg­u­la­tions to hold cor­po­rate leaders account­able and uniting frac­tious groups on Capitol Hill. Northeastern’s newest grad­u­ates will hear from him on May 2, when Cox delivers their keynote address.

I cannot imagine a more timely or impor­tant figure to address our grad­u­ating class during these his­toric times,” said North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “Our grad­u­ates are indeed for­tu­nate to be the recip­i­ents of Chairman Cox’s years of expe­ri­ence and hard-​​earned wisdom as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.”

Chairman Cox will deliver the com­mence­ment address to approx­i­mately 2,200 North­eastern Uni­ver­sity under­grad­uate stu­dents on Friday, May 2, at 10:30 a.m. in Boston’s TD Ban­knorth Garden. Approx­i­mately 15,000 people are expected to attend the 106th com­mence­ment cer­e­mony, cel­e­brating the class of 2008.

Chairman Cox, who will receive an hon­orary doc­torate of public ser­vice, was appointed by Pres­i­dent Bush on June 2, 2005 and unan­i­mously con­firmed by the Senate on July 29, 2005, and was sworn in on August 3, 2005. He served in Con­gress from 1989 to 2005.

During his tenure at the SEC, Chairman Cox has made vig­orous enforce­ment of the secu­ri­ties laws the agency’s top pri­ority and has brought ground-​​breaking cases against a variety of market abuses. He has assumed lead­er­ship of the inter­na­tional effort to more closely inte­grate U.S. and over­seas reg­u­la­tion in an era of global cap­ital mar­kets and inter­na­tional secu­ri­ties exchanges.

For 10 of his 17 years in Con­gress, Chairman Cox served in the Majority Lead­er­ship of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. In addi­tion, he served in a lead­er­ship capacity as a senior Member of every com­mittee with juris­dic­tion over investor pro­tec­tion and U.S. cap­ital mar­kets. Chairman Cox received his bachelor’s degree from the Uni­ver­sity of Southern Cal­i­fornia and simul­ta­ne­ously received his M.B.A. from Har­vard Busi­ness School and a J.D. from Har­vard Law School.

Cox will be among a dis­tin­guished list of hon­orary degree recip­i­ents including alumni Michael Cronin and Anthony Man­ga­naro, and Dr. Nancy Zim­pher. The after­noon cer­e­mony will rec­og­nize Sylvia Hur­tado, and alumni Henry J. Nasella and Katherine McHugh.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.