Commencement Speakers

Each year, we are honored to present Commencement speakers who embody the mission and values of Rollins and impart inspiring and pragmatic advice for graduates.

Arts & Sciences and College of Professional Studies

Rick Goings
Chairman and CEO, Tupperware Brands Corporation

Rick Goings is chairman and chief executive officer of Tupperware Brands Corporation, a multi-billion dollar global portfolio of direct selling companies. The portfolio includes not only Tupperware, but also multiple beauty brands, including Armand Dupree, Avroy Shlain Cosmetics, BeautiControl, Fuller Cosmetics, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo Cosmetics brands.

While still in college, Goings founded one of the nation’s first direct sellers of home security systems. He was recruited to Avon Products Inc. in 1985, where he held a number of senior management positions, including president Avon Germany, group vice president and senior operating officer Pacific Rim, and president of Avon USA. He joined Tupperware in 1992 as president of Tupperware Worldwide.

For more than 20 years, he has served on the national Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he served two terms as chairman. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America honored him with its highest award, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, for his outstanding leadership as its national chairman. Goings is a trustee of Rollins College, a participant of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a member of the Board of Executive Advisors for the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute and a member of the Florida Council of 100. He is a former member of the board of directors for SunTrust Bank, N.A. and of the boards of Reynolds American Inc. (formerly RJR), Premark International, Inc., and RR Donnelly.

In 2013, Goings was named “CEO of the Year,” by the Holmes Group, which honors one visionary CEO who has worked diligently to enhance the role of communications within his or her organization and demonstrated a clear commitment to ensuring that the organization embraces the principles of ethical and effective public relations, in its culture, its communications, and its actions.

A thought leader on women’s empowerment, economic advancement and gender inequality issues, Goings was recognized in 2010 by the President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, with the distinguished decree of "Knight of the Legion of Honor" in recognition of his long-term dedication to the role of women in developing countries and children’s causes. The People’s Republic of China also recognized Goings with its Marco Polo Award for his visionary leadership and significant role in China’s economic development.

Goings was educated at Guilford College and received a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa, from Rollins College in Florida, as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration honoris causa from Bryant College in Rhode Island. Goings served in the U.S. Navy on the Destroyer, USS Power.

Hamilton Holt School

Susan Porcaro Goings
Chain of Confidence Global Ambassador, Tupperware Brands
Immediate past chair, Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Conference

As the Tupperware Brands Chain of Confidence Global Ambassador, Susan Goings, a former television broadcaster, travels the world gathering inspirational stories of women and their journey to a confident life.

Goings began her professional career with ABC-TV in Central Florida, where she became its first female account executive and also worked broadcast talent assignments. She was soon recruited to the largest media market in the United States, KABC-TV in Los Angeles. During her career as a broadcast journalist and on-air personality, she interviewed major political dignitaries, newsmakers, and celebrity legends.

While residing in Los Angeles County, her interests in civic issues led her to seek elected office, serving as a City Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem of Hidden Hills, CA.

As co-chair of The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation, she works with her husband to provide needed financial resources for youth development programs. Together they provided important primary funding for the first Boys & Girls Clubs in Tijuana, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Hemingway, South Carolina.

A dedicated and effective volunteer, Goings served as the 2013 chair of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference. She continues to use her media experience as passionately advocating for the organization and as "the official talk show host” of its national events. In addition, she has served on the Hamilton Holt School Board of Advisors since 2000 and on the Rollins President’s Leadership Council since 2009

Goings attended the University of Florida in Gainesville and is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

Crummer School of Business

Maynard Webb
Chairman of the Board, Yahoo! Inc.
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Maynard Webb is a long-time technology executive, an angel investor, and board member of Salesforce.com, Visa, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yahoo! Maynard is the former CEO of LiveOps and former COO of eBay. Maynard is also the best-selling author of Rebooting Work: Transform How You Work in the Age of Entrepreneurship. In 2010, Maynard founded the Webb Investment Network (WIN), an early-stage venture capital firm in Los Gatos, Calif. He is also co-founder of Everwise, a cloud-based mentoring program.

Webb received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Florida Atlantic University.