Head of School Andrew Chase announced that Eric Schmidt will be this year’s keynote speaker at the 99th Commencement on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 10:30 a.m.
Eric Schmidt is an accomplished technologist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As Google’s Chief Executive Officer, he pioneered Google’s transformation from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. He served as Google’s CEO and Chairman from 2001-2011, Executive Chairman from 2011-2018, and most recently as Technical Advisor from 2018-2020. Under his leadership, Google dramatically scaled its infrastructure and diversified its product offerings while maintaining a strong culture of innovation.
Eric has received numerous accolades and supports a variety of esteemed organizations. He was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and served as the founding Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board for four years in which he was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. He was also a member of NASA’s National Space Council User Advisory Group for two years which was chaired by the Vice President. He currently serves on the boards of The Broad Institute, The Mayo Clinic, on the Advisory Board at UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Cornell Tech Board of Overseers. Additionally, he is currently the Chairman of the US National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence.
An accomplished author, he has co-authored three New York Times bestsellers, The New Digital Age, How Google Works, Trillion Dollar Coach. He is a Gulfstream pilot, and his philanthropic efforts through The Schmidt Family Foundation and Schmidt Ocean Institute focus on climate change, including the support of ocean and marine life studies at sea, as well as education and cutting-edge research and technology in the natural sciences and engineering space.
Inspired to continue to give back, he co-founded Schmidt Futures in 2017, which bets early on exceptional people making the world better, applying science and technology thoughtfully, and bringing people together across fields.
Eric holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.
We are thrilled that the Class of 2021, characterized by independence, resilience, and adventure will have the opportunity to listen to Eric Schmidt on Wednesday, May 26. Watch the livestream of Eaglebrook School's 99th Commencement by visiting www.eaglebrook.org/commencement.