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Entrepreneur N.R. Narayana Murthy will be the Claremont McKenna College 2012 Graduation Speaker. Mr. Murthy will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws at the ceremony.

Murthy is most well-known as founder and former CEO of Infosys, an information technology business and consulting company based in India.  The company, founded in 1981, today claims revenues of $6.825 billion.  Under Murthy’s leadership, Infosys became the first Indian IT company to be listed on NASDAQ. Murthy introduced the Global Delivery Model, which is largely credited for the success of outsourcing IT services to India.

Over the years, Murthy has received countless honors and awards for his work.  According to his biography on the Infosys website, he was named one of The Economist‘s ten most-admired business leaders in 2005 and topped the Economic Times‘s list of the most powerful CEO’s in India three years in a row.  In 2005, he co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos along with six other business leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Murthy advocates for “compassionate capitalism” in his home country of India.  In 2004 interview with BBC, he said, “We believe that if India has to solve its problem of poverty, we have to embrace capitalism, ensure that jobs are created, and make sure that market-driven policies are accepted.” Today, he sits on boards for the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the United Nations Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.  He also serves as a Trustee for the Rhodes Trust, home of the Rhodes Scholarship program.

Murthy’s daughter, Akshata N. Murty, graduated from CMC in 2002.  She currently serves on Claremont McKenna’s Board of Trustees.

For more information on the 2012 Commencement, please visit the CMC Commencement Page here.

This article was updated at 3:15pm on February 23rd to include information regarding the honorary degree.


  1. Of course the speaker would be an economist…Just like the year before, and the year before, and…

  2. what this article fails to mention is the fact that this man has faced murder charges, recently dropped, that alleged he bored five people to death during his latest public speaking assignment

    • i would like to add that even if we could mitigate the health-risk of a murthy speech, there is still reputation-risk. in light of some additional evidence compiled by the bipartisan think-tanks The Claremont Conservative and The Claremont Independent, murthy’s guilt in the aforementioned cases seems undeniable. therefore we risk blemishing our reputation for integrity by even providing an audience for this man- a man whose complete disregard for human capacities of attention and wakefulness is now well documented. The CMC administration and the trustees should treat these allegations seriously and reconsider their decision to hire someone with real blood on their hands.

  3. ya thats what i want to listen to. a guy who doesn’t speak english as his first language. god cmc get someone cool like dean voss or the enron ceo or the tyco ceo or the guy that rund liquor land or the guy that runs sams. or whoever invented snappa. jesus the speakers are about as interesting as a microeconomic book. get some creativity. 

    • Seems like you should have been listening in your English classes in high school more. Honestly, my 11 year old sister has better spelling and grammar.

      •  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  SAT  hahaha i will get the same degree as you! #lol

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