James Roger’s 2009 commencement speech, “The Insights of Many Top the Wisdom of One,” can be viewed from Marian College’s Facebook page.
On May 9, Rogers delivered his speech at the 72nd and final commencement of Marian College. Marian College will become Marian University on July 1, 2009.
Rogers invited the public to share thoughts and advice for the class of 2009 to shape his Marian College commencement speech. This was the first time a Marian College commencement speaker used a blog to seek public input on an address. He thanked those who contributed to the commencement address through his blog, saying, “Your comments and insights enriched my conversation with the class of 2009 and their parents, other relatives, and well-wishers.”
Rogers is the chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, a North Carolina-based Fortune 500 electric power company that is the largest electricity provider in Indiana. Rogers was recently named to the Global Elite list, a ranking of 50 influential individuals compiled by Newsweek magazine. He has more than 20 years of experience as chief executive officer in the electric utility industry and more than 40 years of experience serving on the boards of Fortune 500 companies.