Herbie Hancock Heads to RPI


Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock

Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Groundbreaking jazz keyboardist-composer Herbie Hancock has previously been announced as one of the headliners for Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC at the end of June, but it looks like he’ll be heading into Greater Nippertown before then.

Hancock will join Alicia Boler Davis (executive vice president of General Motors Global Manufacturing), Mary Jo White (former chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission) and Dr. Eric Lander (president of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and a leading authority on genomic science) as one of the four speakers who will address graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony at RPI in Troy on Saturday, May 19.

In addition to serving as Commencement speakers, the four honorands will also take part in a thought-provoking discussion at the President’s Commencement Colloquy on Friday, May 18. The discussion, titled “Breaking Paradigms and Transcending Borders: Transformative Leadership in the 21st Century,” will be moderated by RPI President Shirley Jackson.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 8:15am Saturday, May 19 in RPI’s East Campus Athletic Village. The President’s Commencement Colloquy will take place in the EMPAC Concert Hall at 3:30pm on Friday, May 18.

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