CEO Shawn Boyer Addresses Master’s Candidates, May 11

Boyer Graduate Graduation

Shawn Boyer, founder and chief executive officer of, spoke at the University of Mary Washington’s graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11, emphasizing the importance of living a purposeful and intentional life. “Most of us don’t think about our life plans as much as our business plans,” he said, noting the need to establish core values, set goals and choose positive peers. Boyer addressed more than 1,000, including graduates, family members, friends and faculty. The ceremony was the first commencement held at the recently opened William M. Anderson Center. A total of 230 graduate degrees were awarded, including 102 master of education degrees, 73 master of business administration degrees, 30 master of science in elementary education degrees and 21 master of science in management information systems degrees. Four graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program. Mission statements are not solely for businesses, Boyer said. He … [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, 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, the nation’s largest online community of hourly workers with more than 28 million members, in 1999. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., 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...]