Commencement Speaker

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Commissioner of the National Basketball Association

As commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 2014, Adam Silver has been named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and Bloomberg Businessweek’s list of 50 people who defined global business.  Additionally, Silver has earned Sports Executive of the Year honors at the Sports Business Awards, Sports Business Journal’s Executive of the Decade, and was named Sports Illustrated’s Executive of the Year.

A 1984 political science graduate, Silver was appointed to Duke University Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently serves as vice chair.

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