2016 Commencement Speaker announced

April 7th, 2016



John Carroll University announced on Tuesday, April 5 that Beth Mooney, chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp, will serve as the 2016 Commencement Speaker at graduation on May 22.  Mooney will also receive an honorary doctorate degree at the ceremony.


Mooney has been chairman and chief executive officer of KeyCorp since 2011. Fortune Magazine recently named her one of the top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business” and in 2015 she was named the most powerful woman in banking for the third year in a row by American Banker.



Mooney joined KeyCorp in 2006 and has more than 30 years of experience in retail banking, commercial lending, and real estate financing.


A native of Michigan, the new commencement speaker has a deep love for the city of Cleveland, saying, “We have a great city” according to a 2014 article in


A member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Board of Directors, Mooney served as the chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the Nation. She is also a trustee and treasurer of the board of the Musical Arts Association, which governs the Cleveland Orchestra, and is a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.


Mooney has been very involved with the Cleveland Public School district, championing renovations of the urban schools. She is also very passionate about attracting immigrants to Cleveland, saying employing immigrants makes good economic sense.


“I think we’re at this inflection point where so much is coming together in downtown Cleveland,” Mooney said in the article. “I think it’s an incredibly exciting time.”


Mooney will address 660 undergraduate and 200 graduate students in the 130th class to graduate from John Carroll University.