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The University of Mary Washington announced its commencement speakers Wednesday, choosing two entrepreneurs to address graduates.

Kenneth Lopez, the founder and CEO of A2L Consulting and a member of the UMW Board of Visitors, and Rebecca R. Rubin, founder, president and CEO of the environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, LLC, will deliver commencement addresses.

The graduate ceremony will take place Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center. The undergraduate ceremony will take place Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.

Lopez will give the graduate address and Rubin will speak at the undergraduate ceremony.

Lopez is a 1992 graduate of Mary Washington. He founded A2L Consulting in 1995 after receiving a law degree from the Widener University School of Law.

According to a release about the speakers, A2L Consulting was recently voted Best Demonstrative Evidence Firm in D.C. by the readers of LegalTimes and, on a national level, a Best Demonstrative Evidence Firm by the National Law Journal.

Lopez also serves on the advisory board of UMW’s College of Business and on the Dean’s National Advisory Council at Widener. He was UMW’s Junior Executive-in-Residence in 2008 and is a frequent guest speaker for classes and student organizations.

Rubin founded Marstel-Day in 2002.

Her company  is an environmental consulting firm and serves clients such as the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency.

Marstel-Day is also collaborating with UMW’s Climate, Environment Action Readiness (CLEAR) plan.

Rubin was named a “Champion of Change for Community Resilience” by the White House in 2013, and Virginia Business Magazine listed her in 2011 among the “Top 25 People to Watch,” according to the release.

Rubin is a former director of the U.S. Army’s Environmental Policy Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in international security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Fin out more about UMW’s commencement ceremonies here.


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