2021 Commencement Speaker

The 2021 School of Social Policy & Practice Commencement address will be given by former Stockton Mayor, Michael Tubbs. Mayor Tubbs is currently the Founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income and Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and Opportunity.

Mayor Tubbs was Stockton, California’s first African American mayor, and the youngest mayor of a U.S. city. His work with members of the SP2 community is in implementing a guaranteed family income experiment. As a social policy intervention, guaranteed basic income is a conceptual model that is hard to test, and thus this experiment is novel and impactful. As a young, African American social policy change agent, Mayor Tubbs serves as a valuable role model for our graduates.

In addition to his leadership in the city of Stockton, Michael Tubbs was included in Fortune’s 2018 Top “40 under 40,” Forbes’ 2018 list of the “30 Under 30” and The Root’s 100. Tubbs’ leadership, paired with an ambitious agenda, has received national recognition. His experience and dedication to public service will inspire our graduates and all of us as we work to bring about social change.

2020 Commencement

SP2 hosted a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, 2020 at 6:30pm ET.

Past SP2 Commencement Speakers


DeRay Mckesson
Civil Rights activist, podcaster, and support of the Black Lives Matter movement


Tarana Burke
Social Justice Advocate and Founder of the “Me Too” Movement


Tamron Hall
Award-winning Journalist


Ari Shapiro
Host of NPR’s All Things Considered & Award-Winning Journalist


Benjamin Jealous
Former President and CEO of the NAACP


Nikki Giovanni
World-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator


Sister Mary Scullion
President and Executive Director, Project H.O.M.E.


Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy
Former United States Representative for Rhode Island


Ambassador Andrew Young
Former United Nations Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta


Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States

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