Cosmetics Pioneer Bobbi Brown and Energy Industry Leader Joseph Rigby to Address May 2017 Graduates
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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (April 17, 2017) — Bobbi Brown, whose extremely successful company
changed the face of the cosmetics industry, will deliver the address at
Monmouth University’s undergraduate commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 10
at 12:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. She will be awarded
an honorary doctor of public service degree at the time.
university expects approximately 775 students to participate in the ceremony.
arrived on the national beauty scene in 1991 when she launched Bobbi Brown Essentials,
which allowed her to translate the latest trends into wearable looks for
millions of women. The Estée Lauder Companies acquired Brown’s successful
company only four years later.
philanthropist, since 2001 Brown has donated more than $1 million in makeup and
funds to Dress for Success, a charity that helps disadvantaged women reenter
the workforce. She has also spearheaded the Pretty Powerful campaign, using her
product sales to support programs that help women overcome disadvantages and
inequality. She is a New York Times best-selling author of nine books, a
sought-after expert for many national media outlets, and has been inducted into
the New Jersey Hall of Fame.
first time, Monmouth University will hold a separate ceremony for students
earning graduate degrees. Approximately
375 students are expected to be awarded a master’s degree. These exercises will
be held on Thursday, May 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the OceanFirst Bank Center on
Rigby, the former chair of the board, president and chief executive officer of
Pepco Holdings, Inc. (PHI), the regional energy company that provides utility
service to more than 2 million customers, will deliver the graduate address.
Rigby retired from that role after serving for seven years, capping an
extraordinary 37-year career with PHI and its predecessor companies.
his MBA from Monmouth as a member of the Class of 1983. His public and philanthropic service includes:
serving as chair of the United Way of the National Capital Area; the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce; Edison Electric Institute; Federal City Council; and
be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree.
fortunate to have such a strong participation rate in our commencement
ceremonies, at both the graduate and undergraduate level,” said Monmouth
University President Grey Dimenna. “We are honored to have such distinguished
speakers to help us launch our new approach to serving the needs of our distinct
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