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2016 Diploma Ceremony Speaker Announced

Alumnus Len Asper '86 to Speak at 2016 Diploma Ceremony

Leonard Asper

Asper to receive Dean's Medal, share remarks with Brandeis International Business School (IBS) graduates
May 16, 2016

Brandeis University alumnus Len Asper ‘86 will receive the Dean’s Medal and deliver remarks at the Brandeis IBS diploma ceremony on Sunday, May 22. Asper is the current president and CEO of Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

Asper has remained an active member of the Brandeis University community since his graduation. He was a member of the board of trustees from 2007 to 2015, and he currently serves as a member of the board of overseers at Brandeis IBS. In 2014, Asper was elected to the board of fellows, an honorary society that recognizes members of the University family who have made significant contributions of their and time and resources to Brandeis. He founded the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship in 2002 with the goal of encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and innovative thinking at the business school. The center serves as the business school’s platform for examining key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders.

Prior to founding Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corporation, Asper spent more than a decade serving as the CEO of Canwest Global Communications Corporation, the largest media conglomerate in Canada at the time. At Anthem, he leads an entertainment network that owns and operates TV channels and digital assets such as Fight Network, FNTSY Sports Network, Pursuit Channel and SportsGrid.com.

"Len is the embodiment of World Ready given his impressive global business career, his personal involvement with Brandeis IBS and his passion for entrepreneurship,” said Brandeis IBS Dean Bruce Magid, P ’15. "He exemplifies doing well in business and good for society, and I know our graduates will find him inspiring."

Before the diploma ceremony and Brandeis University commencement, the Brandeis IBS Class of 2016 will participate in a series of graduation events:

Friday, May 20 - 11 a.m.
Commencement Rehearsal and BBQ Luncheon

Friday, May 20 - 4 p.m.
Dean’s Reception

Saturday, May 21 - 3 p.m.
Celebrating our Graduates Reception for Friends and Family

Sunday, May 22 - 8 a.m.
Brandeis IBS Diploma Ceremony

For more information about Brandeis University Commencement, click here.