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OneWeb founder Greg Wyler to address 2017 Chicago-Kent graduates

The 1996 alumnus will speak at the May 14 commencement ceremonies

May 5, 2017

Greg Wyler '96 will deliver the keynote address at Chicago-Kent's 2017 Commencement.Greg Wyler '96, founder and executive chairman of OneWeb, will deliver the keynote address at Chicago-Kent College of Law's 2017 Commencement on Sunday, May 14. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., in Chicago.

Mr. Wyler will be joined by two student speakers. Valedictorian Symone Shinton will deliver the J.D. Commencement address, and Artur Shatiryan, a candidate for an LL.M. in U.S., International & Transnational Law, will deliver the graduate address. Graduates, their guests and members of the law school community are encouraged to share well wishes and photos on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ckgrad.

Mr. Wyler founded OneWeb in 2012 with a goal of enabling Internet access for everyone and connecting every unconnected school in the world by 2022. He has spent much of his time in emerging markets working hands-on with technology development and deployment. In 2007, he founded O3b Networks Ltd., later acquired by SES Corporation, which raised approximately $1.3 billion to design and build a satellite constellation to provide fiber-quality backhaul for telecom operators in the most remote markets around the world. Before that, Mr. Wyler spent three years developing telecommunications in Africa for very rural locations. In the 1990s, Mr. Wyler founded a semiconductor-cooling technology company that provided thermal solutions to top PC manufacturers such as Dell and Hewlett Packard and eventually to gaming consoles such as the Xbox. In 2015, Mr. Wyler received the Arthur C. Clarke Award for his "pioneering new approaches to satellite communications."

Symone Shinton, the Class of 2017 valedictorian, will deliver the J.D. address.Symone Shinton, the Class of 2017 valedictorian, will deliver the J.D. address. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in international affairs and Spanish. At Chicago-Kent, she is a member of the law school's Moot Court Honors Society and an executive articles editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. She was named best advocate for the second, third and fourth rounds of the 2015 National Pretrial Competition and won first place in the law school's 2016 Ilana Diamond Rovner Appellate Advocacy Competition. After graduation, she will join the law firm of Greenberg Traurig in Chicago as an associate in the commercial litigation group.

Artur Shatiryan, a candidate for an LL.M. in U.S., Transnational and International Law, will deliver the graduate address.Artur Shatiryan, a candidate for an LL.M. in U.S., Transnational and International Law, will deliver the graduate address. Originally from Armenia, Shatiryan earned his bachelor and master of law degrees from Yerevan State University. He has spent his legal career as an in-house attorney in the financial sector, most recently heading the legal department at Armenia's ProCredit Bank (2013-16) and Converse Bank (2010-13). To broaden his international legal knowledge and skills, Shatiryan enrolled in the School of American Law in Tbilisi, Georgia, a Chicago-Kent partner in the Caucuses Region, before coming to Chicago to complete his degree.

Founded in 1888, Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, also known as Illinois Tech, a private, technology-focused, research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, science, architecture, business, design, human sciences, applied technology, and law.

Editors: Please note IIT Chicago-Kent's 2016 Commencement is being held at the UIC Forum, not the UIC Pavilion.

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