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The 164th Annual Northwestern University Commencement

Monday, June 13, 2022, 9 a.m.

Location: Ryan Field, 1501 Central Street map it

Commencement is the Northwestern ceremony where the graduating class is commemorated as a whole. During the ceremony, student, faculty, and guest speakers will address graduates and their families.

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McCormick PhD Hooding and Master’s Degree Recognition Ceremony

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 1 p.m.

Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland Avenue map it

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Graduation Speaker

Latonia Harris, Senior Director of Product Quality Management (PQM) for BioTherapeutics, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Latonia Harris began her industry career in biopharmaceutical research and development more than 20 years ago. She has been employed at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson for 17 years, and was recently appointed Sr. Director of Product Quality Management (PQM) for BioTherapeutics. As a leader in PQM, she is responsible for overall quality strategy and manages a team of twenty scientists responsible for all aspects of product quality for the Janssen biotherapeutics portfolio, from development through commercialization. 

Harris was previously a scientific director in the Janssen R&D Portfolio Management group where she served as a CMC Leader. In that role, she was responsible for providing strategic leadership to a multidisciplinary team focused on developing and gaining regulatory approval of large molecules oncology therapies. In her prior role within the Pharmaceutical Development and Manufacturing Sciences group, she led teams responsible for Darzalex® global drug substance process development, technology transfer, API process validation, and authoring API-related sections of regulatory filings. Harris’s Drug Substance subteam was responsible, in part, for the successful BLA filing for this breakthrough oncology product. Darzalex® gained FDA approval for its initial indication for treating multiply myeloma in November 2015. A second-generation product, Darzalex Faspro®, gained FDA approval in May 2020.

Harris holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Northwestern and a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. She has served on the Northwestern Engineering Master’s in Biotechnology program Industrial Advisory Board, the Rutgers Industrial Advisory Board for NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, and the Good Grief Board of Directors. She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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McCormick Undergraduate Convocation

Sunday, June 12, 2022, 5 p.m.

Location: Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland Avenue map it

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Graduation Speaker

Annette Rippert, Group Chief Executive, Strategy & Consulting, Accenture

Annette Rippert is Accenture’s Group CEO – Strategy & Consulting. Along with her global team of more than 45,000 people, she works with C-suite executives and boards of the world’s leading organizations, helping them accelerate their digital transformation to enhance competitiveness, grow profitability, and deliver sustainable value. Rippert led the reorganization and reinvention of Accenture’s Strategy & Consulting business, generating significant growth and returns for the company. Rippert was named by Business Insider as one of the most influential leaders transforming Consulting.

Throughout her distinguished career, Rippert held numerous senior leadership positions across the company, including leading Accenture’s North America Technology business, where she delivered growth by rapidly expanding the business into emerging areas of data, cloud, platform services, and software engineering.

Rippert is passionate about the opportunities that lie at the intersection of industry, technology, and human ingenuity. She is a frequent speaker on topics of innovation, technology, and leadership in forums such as Fortune CEO Summit, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, as well as key industry conferences. She is also an author on topics of business change and technology innovation.

She was named No. 1 on the Top 25 Women Leaders in Consulting in 2022, recognized with the Women Leaders in Technology 2021 Excellence in Leadership award, and honored by the American Business Awards with a 2021 Gold Stevie Award for Achievement in Management – Business & Professional Services.

Rippert earned her BS in electrical engineering and computer science from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and holds a Master in Management from Kellogg. She serves on the Northwestern University Board of Trustees and the Northwestern Engineering advisory board. She resides in Virginia with her husband and five sons.

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