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Commencement Speaker

Mike Rawlings

Mayor of Dallas
Mike Rawlings

TBD will be the speaker at the May 2015 Commencement Convocation. 

Elected Mayor in June 2011, Mike Rawlings brings three decades of high-level business and civic leadership to Dallas City Hall. Mayor Rawlings came to Dallas in 1976 with two hundred dollars in his pocket, and through hard work and determination, he proved that Dallas truly is The City of Opportunity. After taking an entry level job in one of Dallas' top ad agencies, he worked his way up to become the CEO of Tracy-Locke, which at the time was the largest advertising agency in the South. 

After a successful 20-year career in marketing and advertising, Mike Rawlings took the helm of the world's largest pizza company, Pizza Hut. Under Mike's leadership, the company had a major upturn in business resulting in the highest weekly store sales in Pizza Hut history and recognition by D Magazine as "The Best Company To Work For In Dallas." 

Most recently, Mayor Rawlings served as Managing Partner of CIC Partners, where he provided business counsel and capital, helping to grow small and mid-sized businesses in Dallas, and across the U.S. In addition to his vast business experience, over the past three decades Mayor Rawlings also has served as a volunteer leader with a proven record of tackling some of our city's toughest challenges. 

As the Homeless Czar for five years, Mike oversaw the construction and opening of The Bridge, which is the cornerstone of our city's long-term plan to