National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver will be the commencement speaker for the Class of 2023, President Vincent Price announced in a video Tuesday evening at the Duke-N.C. State men’s basketball game.
Silver, Trinity ‘84, earned a degree in political science as an undergraduate at Duke, then attended law school at the University of Chicago. Before his role as NBA commissioner, he worked as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, a New York-based law firm.
Silver was appointed to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2015 and currently serves as vice chair and a member of its Executive Committee. He received Duke’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.
In February 2014 Silver was elected NBA commissioner by the NBA Board of Governors. Since then, he has been named SportsBusiness Journal’s Executive of the Decade as well as ranked No. 1 on their annual list of the 50 Most Influential People in Sports Business. He has also been named to TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and The Bloomberg 50.
Silver was not in attendance at Tuesday’s game, a 71-67 Duke win.
This year’s commencement ceremony for the Class of 2023 will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 14 in Wallace Wade Stadium.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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