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 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 & Senior Operating Officer Pacific Rim, and President of Avon USA. He joined Tupperware in 1992 as President of Tupperware Worldwide.

For more than twenty years he has served on the national Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he also served two terms as Chairman of the Board of Governors. Additionally, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America honored him with their highest award, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, for his outstanding leadership as their 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, in 2010, Goings was recognized 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 recognized Goings with the Marco Polo Award in Beijing for his visionary leadership and his significant role in China’s economic development.

Goings was educated at Guilford College and has 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 also 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

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.