Financial analyst and best-selling author Jim Cramer P'18, host of CNBC's Mad Money and co-host of CNBC's Squawk on the Street, will serve as the keynote speaker for Bucknell University's 168th Commencement on May 20.
A former hedge fund manager, Cramer currently runs the charitable trust portfolio Action Alerts PLUS and is the chief markets columnist for TheStreet's Real Money.
"Jim Cramer's entrepreneurial spirit, combined with his deep belief in the value of a broad education, in many ways speaks to the foundation of the educational experience Bucknell provides," said Bucknell President John Bravman. "I have no doubt that his words will be inspirational and thought provoking as our students take this monumental step forward in their lives."
Cramer has deep connections to Bucknell. His wife, Lisa Detwiler, is a member of the University's Board of Trustees, and Lisa's daughter is a member of the Class of 2018.
"The Senior Class Congress and I are absolutely thrilled that Jim Cramer has accepted our invitation to serve as the keynote speaker for our Commencement," said Class of 2018 President Gabriella Gomes. "Not only does he have a special relationship with Bucknell, but he also has a compelling story of achieving great personal and professional success. I know the entire senior class and I can draw upon and be inspired by those experiences as we leave Bucknell and make our way into the world."
Cramer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977, where he was president of The Harvard Crimson. He worked as a journalist at the Tallahassee Democrat and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner before moving to New York to help start American Lawyer magazine. After a three-year stint, Cramer entered Harvard Law School and earned his J.D. in 1984.
But instead of practicing law, Cramer joined Goldman Sachs, where he worked in sales and trading. In 1987, he left Goldman to start his own hedge fund. While he worked at his fund, Cramer helped start Smart Money for Dow Jones and then, in 1996, he founded TheStreet, Inc., a multimedia provider of financial commentary.
In 2000, Cramer retired from active money management to embrace media on a full-time basis, including radio and television. In addition to his regular media roles, he has written for Time magazine and New York Magazine and has been featured on CBS News' 60 Minutes, NBC's Meet the Press and Today, and MSNBC's Morning Joe.
Bucknell University's 168th Commencement celebration will be held on the Malesardi Quadrangle on Sunday, May 20, beginning at 10 a.m. For those unable to attend, the ceremony will be live streamed. The ceremony will also be shown in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building. For a complete schedule of Commencement events, registration and general information, visit Commencement 2018.