Commencement Speaker

Daymond John

Co-Star on ABC’s Shark Tank; 2x New York Times Best Selling Author; Branding Expert; Founder & CEO of FUBU; Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship   

Daymond John is a co-star on ABC’s Shark Tank, the popular business-reality television series that has invested millions of dollars in entrepreneurs. Daymond is also the Founder and CEO of FUBU, the clothing line and lifestyle brand that has eclipsed more than $6 billion in global retail sales. Additionally, Daymond is the CEO of the brand consultancy The Shark Group, which specializes in brand strategy and development, artist relations, and talent development. In 2015, Daymond was named Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship and joined President Obama at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya, as well as on President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. Daymond is also the author of four books, two of which debuted on The New York Times Best Seller list. Daymond sits on the advisory board of, an organization for learning and attention issues. 

Student Speakers

Adrienne Rose, BBA '19

Adrienne grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but always dreamed of attending the University of Michigan. During her time at Ross, she was involved with TAMID — a Ross consulting and investment club — and the Michigan Advertising and Marketing Club. Adrienne is also the founder of her own company, “ShoeU”, where she designs and sells personalized, hand-drawn shoes. After graduation, Adrienne will put her emphases in finance and strategy to use at American Express in New York City, where she previously interned as a finance analyst. 

Ben Battaglia, MBA '19 

J. Benjamin “Ben” Battaglia is graduating with focuses on corporate strategy and operations management. During his time at Ross, he served as a vice president of the Part-Time Students Association. Ben began his career at Young Life, an international nonprofit dedicated to youth mentorship. He now works as the director of marketing at Lessonly, a software company that helps businesses learn and practice. He also served as the editor of Do Better Work, a book by Max Yoder about building healthier teams and workplaces. Ben received a B.A. from Northwestern University, with studies in political science, international studies, and integrated marketing communications. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Sarah, and daughters, Annie and Margot.