Nike CEO Mark Parker to Deliver Otis College Commencement Address

Mark Parker.jpgIn our continuing design school commencement speaker/honorary degree recipient round-up, we bring news that graduates of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles will hear from Nike president and CEO Mark Parker (pictured), who will deliver the commencement address at the Saturday ceremony and receive an honorary doctorate from the school. Parker, who joined Nike as a designer in 1979, has been involved in many of the company’s most significant breakthroughs (Nike Air, anyone?) and held leadership roles within seemingly every business function, from product development to marketing. “I speak on behalf of the entire Otis College community when I say that Mark Parker—an artist, designer, and collector in his own right—truly honors us with his presence at commencement this year,” said the College’s president, Samuel Hoi, in a statement issued by the school. “He shares our conviction that art and design matters, socially, culturally, and economically.” True enough, but we still think it would be hilarious if Parker remained ruthlessly on-brand with a three-word speech to the graduates: Just do it.

Previously on UnBeige:

  • Jonathan Ive, Betty Woodman Among RISD Honorary Degree Recipients
  • Richard Serra to Receive Honorary Degree from Pratt Institute