Historian, Author Neil Howe Addresses UMW Graduates, May 12

Author and historian Neil Howe delivers UMW Commencement Address

The man who coined the term “Millennial Generation” spoke today across a generational divide. Historian and best-selling author Neil Howe, University of Mary Washington’s 2012 commencement speaker, talked about the vast differences between the robed graduates and their parents. “All of you Boomer and Generation X parents are essentially unlike your children – and were not the same even when you were kids,” said Howe in his address to more than 5,000 graduates, family members, friends and faculty, gathered on Ball Circle for the 101st annual commencement. “And you Millennial Generation graduates are essentially unlike your parents – and will not become like them as you grow older.” The distinctions between the graduates and their parents are striking. “Believe it or not, parents, your kids have never known that America, Chicago, and Kansas are the names of rock bands, not just places,” said Howe, a recognized authority on global aging. “Ever notice the blank stares when you … [Read more...]

CEO Shawn Boyer and Historian Neil Howe to Deliver UMW 2012 Commencement Addresses, May 11-12

Shawn Boyer (left) and Neil Howe will deliver addresses during the 2012 commencement exercises

The University of Mary Washington has announced its graduate and undergraduate speakers for the 2012 commencement ceremonies to be held on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Shawn Boyer, founder and chief executive officer of SnagAJob.com, will deliver the graduate address on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center; and historian, economist and best-selling author Neil Howe will be guest speaker at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. Shawn Boyer Boyer founded SnagAJob.com, the nation’s largest online community of hourly workers with more than 28 million members, in 1999. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., SnagAJob.com has been named one of the 10 Best Small Companies to Work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute. In 2008, President George W. Bush recognized Boyer as the National Small Business Person of the Year, a distinction given by the U.S. … [Read more...]