Rollins Announces 2016 Commencement Speakers

Bob Darretta, Rebecca Wilson, and Mike McKee will address graduates at this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Bob Darretta Bob Darretta

Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies

Retired Johnson & Johnson Vice Chairman and CFO Bob Darretta will deliver the keynote address at Rollins’ 126th commencement ceremony, which will be held on Sunday, May 8.

Darretta retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2007 after nearly 39 years with the healthcare giant. During his last 10 years at the company, Darretta served as chief financial officer and vice chairman of its board of directors. He was also responsible for oversight of investor relations, information technology, global procurement, strategic planning, and venture capital functions.

A former trustee of Fairleigh Dickinson University and former chairman of the Council of Advisors to the Villanova School of Business, his alma mater, Darretta has also served as chairman of the advisory board to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, as well as on the board of trustees of Operation Smile, which provides free surgical care to children in more than 60 countries.

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Mike McKee Mike McKee

Crummer Graduate School of Business

Mike McKee has been named the commencement speaker for the Crummer Graduate School of Business’ 59th ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, April 30.

McKee is president and CEO of McKee Foods Corp., a manufacturer and marketer of branded sweet baked goods, cereals, and grain-based snacks. The brands include Little Debbie, Sunbelt Bakery, Drake’s, Fieldstone Bakery, and Heartland Brands. Headquartered in Collegedale, Tennessee, the company operates bakeries in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia and also maintains a warehouse and distribution center in Arizona.

McKee is one of four third-generation McKee family members working in the business. His brother, Chris McKee, and cousins, Debbie McKee-Fowler and Rusty McKee, also hold positions of leadership.

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Rebecca Wilson Rebecca Wilson

Hamilton Holt School

Rebecca Wilson will give the keynote address at the evening school’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7.

A shareholder with Central Florida law firm Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, Wilson’s principal areas of practice are land use and development. She represents property owners, developers, lenders, and other participants in a wide array of projects. Wilson’s past projects have included everything from high-rise developments in downtown Orlando to multi-family and office developments.

For more information about commencement, visit rollins.edu/commencement.