Published: March 1, 2016 By

Kelly Graziadei

Facebook's Kelly Graziadei to speak at commencement

Kelly Graziadei (Jour'97), a top marketing executive at Facebook, will deliver CU-Boulder's May 2016 commencement address, the university announced in late February.

As Facebook's global marketing solutions director, Graziadei oversees a team of more than 100 employees who help top Facebook advertisers reach highly specific audiences.

At CU, the native of Parker, Colo., was a Boettcher Scholar and a member of the Presidents Leadership Class.

The ceremony is scheduled for May 7 at Folsom Field.

Prior to joining Facebook, Graziadei worked for SBC/AT&T and AltaVista, the search engine bought by Yahoo, and there managed advertising sales and support teams for six years. She joined Facebook in 2010.

Graziadei joins the distinguished ranks of CU-Boulder's past commencement speakers, among them actress Julie Andrews, Chipotle founder Steve Ells (Art'88) and South Park animation director Eric Stough (Film'95). Media and publishing executive Cathleen Black delivered the address in 2015.

Graziadei was selected as speaker by CU-Boulder’s Senior Class Council. She gave the commencement address to graduating journalism students in Macky Auditorium last May.

Read more about Graziadei in the fall 2014 Coloradan magazine article "Leaning-In, Facebook Style."

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