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Academy Announces 2020 Commencement Speaker

The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is pleased to announce that Kristen Santerian ’08, Vice President, Chief of Staff, Global Head of ETF and Index Investments for the financial planning and investment management firm, BlackRock, has accepted our invitation to give the Academy’s Commencement address on May 30, 2020.  

Before joining BlackRock, Ms. Santerian co-founded PennMoveOut, a consumer logistics company based in Philadelphia. Her experience also includes service as a contributing writer and research analyst with Forbes, Inc., where she worked on the Forbes Special Situation Survey and contributed to the publication of The Forbes/CFA Institute Investment Course. Ms. Santerian has also held summer analyst positions at Cross Atlantic Partners, an early to mid-state technology venture capital firm, and Time, Inc.

Ms. Santerian lives Notre Dame’s Mission and Hallmarks through community service in the Philadelphia area and by serving on Notre Dame’s Advisory Council, New York Chapter. She is a Virtual Committee Chair for the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program and an Executive Board Member of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief.  

Ms. Santerian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently resides in New York City.

We look forward to welcoming Kristen Santerian home to Notre Dame to celebrate the graduating Class of 2020.