Commencement
Graduate Ceremony

Commencement Speaker

  • Seattle University will confer an honorary doctorate upon Gary Brinson, an SU graduate who after a remarkable career in investment management is making a significant impact on society as a philanthropist.

    Gary Brinson, after graduating with a finance degree from the Albers School of Business and Economics in 1966, went on to become a leader and a legend in the investment field. After his firm Brinson Partners was acquired by Swiss Bank, Brinson led the company through its merger with Union Bank Switzerland (UBS). The merged organization was the largest bank in the world, and Mr. Brinson was named head of its combined asset-management arm. At one time in his career, he was managing more than $1 trillion in assets.

    After retiring in 2000, Mr. Brinson created the non-profit Brinson Foundation through which he supports a variety of philanthropic initiatives in his home community of Chicago and beyond. Mr. Brinson continues to be committed to his alma mater. He established the Dr. Khalil Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance in honor of his former teacher and mentor in 2004 and has returned to campus on several occasions to share his wisdom with students and the broader community.