Suze Orman, America's Most Recognized Expert on Personal Finance, Speaks at 91st Annual Bentley University Commencement

Mar 15, 2010, 16:18 ET from Bentley University

Jack Cumming, Chairman of the Board and Executive Officer Hologic Inc., Addresses the Bentley McCallum Graduate School of Business

WALTHAM, Mass., March 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Suze Orman, internationally acclaimed personal finance expert, will deliver the commencement address to approximately 1,000 Bentley University undergraduate students on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. on the south campus of Bentley University, with an expected 7,000 in attendance.

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Orman, who will also receive an honorary doctor of commercial science degree at the ceremony, has been called "a force in the world of personal finance" and a "one-woman financial advice powerhouse" by USA Today.  She is a two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer, and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today.

"I know the dynamic energy and inspiring experiences Ms. Orman has encountered on her road to success will make for an exciting and one of a kind commencement address that will be long remembered by the entire Bentley community," says Bentley University President Gloria Larson.

Jack Cumming, Chairman of the Board of Hologic Inc., will deliver the keynote address to approximately 400 graduate students when McCallum Graduate School of Business degrees are conferred in the Dana Center on the south campus at 3:00 p.m.  

Hologic is the leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of premium diagnostic products, medical imaging systems, and surgical products created specifically to address the healthcare needs of women throughout the world.  The company's focus and concentration on breast cancer is unparalleled.  No other major healthcare company devotes a higher percentage of its resources to the development and deployment of screening, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies to meet the diverse challenges of this disease.

According to President Larson, "Mr. Cumming is an extraordinarily dedicated leader in the healthcare industry who has made improving the lives of women the focus of both his professional and personal endeavors. We are excited for him to share his vision of leadership and deep sense of commitment with the Bentley community at the McCallum Graduate School commencement. "

Cumming will receive an honorary doctor of commercial science during the ceremony.


Suze Orman

Ms. Orman is the contributing editor to "O" The Oprah Magazine, the Costco Connection Magazine and for the last nine years, host of the award winning Suze Orman Show, which airs Saturday nights on CNBC. Over her television career Ms. Orman has become the single most successful fundraiser in the history of Public Television.  She has also earned an unprecedented six Gracie awards, more than anyone in the 34-year history of this prestigious award. The Gracies recognize the nation's best radio, television, and cable programming for, by, and about women.

In October 2009 Ms. Orman was the recipient of a Visionary Award from the Council for Economic Education for being a champion on economic empowerment. In July 2009 Forbes named her 18th on their list of The Most Influential Women in Media. In May 2009 and May 2008 Time Magazine named Ms. Orman one of the TIME 100, The World's Most Influential People. In 2008 she was the recipient of the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign and was also presented with the Amelia Earhart Award for her message of financial empowerment for women.  Saturday Night Live spoofed Ms. Orman three times during 2008.

Ms. Orman, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago earned a bachelor's degree in social work at the University of Illinois, at the age of 30 was still a waitress making $400 a month.

Jack Cumming

Under Cumming's leadership beginning in 2001, Hologic's revenues increased from $100 million to over $1.6 billion and from a market capitalization of $90 million to over $4.0 billion. In 2007 he was named CEO of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.  In 2002 he was recognized as Medical Imaging CEO of the Year.  

Cumming served as the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 until 2009, as well as serving as a company director continuously since July 2001.  Previously he was Senior Vice President and President of Lorad, a Hologic subsidiary.  

Prior to joining Hologic, Cumming served as President and Managing Director of HealthCare Markets Group (HCMG), a strategic advisory and investment-banking firm he founded in 1984, which exclusively served the healthcare industry.  During his career with HCMG, Cumming worked closely with many of the industry's leading healthcare companies to improve performance, enhance shareholder value, formulate and implement restructuring initiatives, transform corporate cultures, and establish worldwide distribution networks.

Cumming has been a featured spokesperson at industry and corporate symposiums discussing market dynamics and future trends of the healthcare industry. His analysis and commentary have appeared in leading industry and financial publications.

Cumming currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts Life Science Collaborative Leadership Council, serves on the Advisory Board of the Corporate Board Resource Committee of The Boston Club, and is a member of the Luther Rice Society of The George Washington University, and serves as an advisor to the Microfinance Group of Bentley University.  

Cumming and his wife Pam, Hologic's vice president for marketing, have supported many initiatives to empower young women.  These include launching a Distinguished Women in International Affairs series at George Washington University, which their eldest daughter attends, and a generous gift to Bentley University, where their daughter is a sophomore, that is focused on building leadership skills in young women.


Commencement 2010 takes place on the south campus at Bentley.  The undergraduate ceremony is held under the tent on the football field. Indoor viewing on large monitors is available in the Dana Athletic Center. The graduate ceremony takes place inside the Dana Center. Both events are held rain or shine. Buses will run from the parking lots on the main campus to the south campus.  

Further details on Commencement 2010 can be found on the Bentley University commencement web site:

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is a leader in business education. Centered on teaching and research in business and related professions, Bentley blends the breadth and technological strength of a university with the core values and student focus of a close-knit campus. Our undergraduate curriculum combines business study with a strong foundation in the arts and sciences. The McCallum Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and custom executive education programs. Located minutes from Boston in Waltham, Massachusetts, the school enrolls approximately 4,000 full-time undergraduate, 250 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,400 graduate, and 30 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), which benchmarks quality in management and business education.

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