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Commencement Speaker

James P. Merisotis
Jamie P. Merisotis
President & CEO,
Lumina Foundation

Jamie P. Merisotis

Jamie P. Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, will address Excelsior graduates at Commencement on July 11 in Albany, N.Y. The Lumina Foundation is the nation’s largest private foundation committed solely to enrolling and graduating more students from college. Merisotis leads the Foundation’s $1.3 billion endowment and oversees all staff and strategic decision making.

Long a champion of the idea that higher education enhances both society and individuals, Merisotis has worked for decades to increase educational opportunity among low-income, minority, and other historically underrepresented pop