The co-founder of Netflix, who happens to be a Hamilton College alumnus, will deliver the commencement address at Hamilton College’s Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony.

Marc Randolph, a 1981 graduate of Hamilton, will also receive an honorary degree from the college.

Best-known for starting the online streaming service Netflix, Randolph has also had a career as an entrepreneur that spans more than four decades.

He’s founded more than half a dozen other successful start-ups, been a mentor to scores of early-stage entrepreneurs, and an investor in numerous successful tech ventures.

Randolph is the author of the internationally best-selling memoir, "That Will Never WorkThe birth of Netflix and the amazing life of an idea," host of the Top-10 “That Will Never Work” podcast and a star of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Elevator Pitch” web series.

In addition to Randolph, an honorary degree will be presented to Hamilton alumna Edvige Jean-François, an award-winning global journalist and producer, and guest editor of a 2021 special issue of Hamilton’s alumni magazine focused on racial inequity and injustice.

courtesy of Hamilton College
courtesy of Hamilton College

Jean-Francois, a 1990 graduate of Hamilton, will offer the Baccalaureate address on Friday, June 3, at 3:00 in the Scott Field House.

Hamilton College will celebrate its Class of 2020 graduates with an in-person Commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 4, at 10:30 in the Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.

A virtual ceremony had been held in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

More than 200 members of the class of 2020 are expected to return for their Commencement ceremony.

The Class of 2022's Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 22.

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