Ceremony Speakers

2015 Communication Satellite Ceremony Speaker

Debra L. Lee 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks


Debra L. Lee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BET Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Ms. Lee oversees one of the most influential multiplatform media companies in the world, including several cable television networks, digital offerings, and a home entertainment business. Recognized as one of the most powerful women in entertainment, Ms. Lee has led BET’s successful programming strategy that has created hits such as Real Husbands of Hollywood, Being Mary Jane, and The BET Awards– resulting in increases in viewership and revenue.




2015 Journalism Satellite Ceremony Speaker

Jorge Ramos 
Host of Fusion’s “America with Jorge Ramos” and Univision’s “Noticiero Univision” and “Al Punto”

JorgeRamos180Jorge Ramos is one of the most highly respected and recognized journalists in the World. He has received eight Emmy Awards for his work, including his coverage of five wars and many of the most important news stories of the last two decades, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of the former Soviet Union, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina.
Jorge is the author of eleven books and bestsellers and writes a weekly column for more than 40 newspapers in the United States and Latin America distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. Ramos has been called “Star newscaster of Hispanic TV” and “Hispanic TV’s No. 1 correspondent and key to a huge voting bloc” by The Wall Street Journal. Time magazine included him in the list of “the 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States” and Newsweek in its list of 50 political and media figures.



2015 Main University Commencement Speaker

Mellody Hobson
President, Ariel Investments

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