Video: Rodney C. Adkins ’81’s Commencement Address to the Rollins Class of 2018

Rodney C. Adkins ’81, president of 3RAM Group LLC, advises Rollins’ graduating class of 2018 to continue to stretch their minds as they move into the next phase of life and never be satisfied with their current knowledge.


(Video by Simple Thought Productions)

About Rodney C. Adkins ’81

Rodney C. Adkins ’81 is president of 3RAM Group LLC and a member of the Rollins Board of Trustees.

Prior to 3RAM, Adkins was senior vice president of IBM, where he was the company’s first African-American senior vice president and corporate officer. He retired from IBM after more than 33 years of service. Adkins’ major contributions include helping develop the personal computer industry, launching the IBM ThinkPad mobile PC and leading IBM’s POWER business to become the dominant player in the UNIX market.

Adkins currently serves on the corporate boards of Avnet, PayPal, PPL Corporation, United Parcel Service, Inc., and W. W. Grainger, Inc. Adkins holds a BA in physics from Rollins, BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and two honorary doctorates. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Rollins and the Harlem School of the Arts board as well as a founding donor of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture.