Speakers

The Winter Commencement ceremony includes keynote remarks by guest speakers.

2022 Winter Commencement Speaker

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe is Chair of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility. Songwe is co-chair of the High Level Panel on Climate Finance. She was previously Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Songwe has been recognized as one of Africa’s 100 most influential people in 2020. She recently co-authored a book entitled “ Régional Integration in West Africa: Is There a Role for a Single Currency? “ with Eswar Prasad. 

She has spent the last three years championing the cause for additional liquidity for emerging markets and the need for a new global financial architecture fit for the 21st century development challenges. 

She has held a number of senior positions at the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation. Her main areas of interest are fiscal and monetary policy, innovative financing mechanisms for development, agriculture, energy, and economic governance. She has extensive experience working in Africa, East Asia, Europe and Central Asia and South Asia regions.

Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Songwe was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Dr. Songwe holds a PhD. in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research & Econometrics from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. She holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

2022 Winter Commencement Graduate Speakers

Brandon Bond | Master’s Candidate, School of Public Health and School of Social Work
Hibah Mirza Chughtai | Senior, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Nabeela Jaffer | Master’s Candidate, School of Education

Graduate Speaking Role

In addition, brief remarks will be made by several student speakers, chosen by the Student Speaker Selection Committee. If you are interested in becoming one of the student speakers, please see below.

Do you want to share your Michigan experience with your fellow graduates?

Apply to have a speaking role at the Spring Commencement ceremony!

Several graduates will be chosen to showcase how special U-M is to us. If you are interested in participating, submit a few short paragraphs about yourself and your time here at the University of Michigan along with an audio recording of your message.

Submissions will be open closer to our 2023 Spring Commencement ceremony, 
Email studentspeaker@umich.edu with additional questions.

Graduate Speaker Submission Form (Check back for live link)