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Robert Greifeld will deliver the keynote address at Simon's Rock's 38th annual Commencement ceremonies

Robert GreifeldGREAT BARRINGTON, MA. —Simon's Rock College of Bard is pleased to announce that Robert Greifeld will deliver the keynote address at the 38th Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 19.  Mr. Greifeld is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc., the nation's premier equities market.

Greifeld has a 20-year history of leadership in business and technology and created one of the first electronic stock order matching systems. Since his appointment at NASDAQ in 2003, Greifeld has been an outspoken advocate for efficient capital markets, pursuing effective regulation and working to ensure that the U.S. market continues to support business growth and innovation.  Under Greifeld’s leadership, NASDAQ was cited by The Wall Street Journal as the top performing stock in the United States in 2005.  NASDAQ has maintained 10 consecutive  quarters of growth and has had its most successful financial performance in its 36-year history.

Greifeld holds a Masters in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a English from Iona College. His graduate school thesis was on the operation of NASDAQ.  Mr. Greifeld is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Iona College and his wife Julia is a current member of the Board of Trustees of The Darrow School.  Bob and Julia Greifeld share a core belief in the transformative power of education.

Greifeld is also Chairman of the USA Track & Field Foundation.  He is a board member of the Partnership for New York City, an organization devoted to enhancing the local economy.

In a statement released on May 2 Greifeld said, "It is an honor to be speaking at such a distinctive institution that is setting a national agenda in education."

Simon’s Rock College’s Provost Mary B. Marcy remarked that "Robert Greifeld's leadership on an international stage and his personal understanding of this institution through his son, Greg's experience as a Simon's Rock student make him an ideal commencement speaker.  The graduates and the community are looking forward to his remarks."

Mr. Greifeld will address the graduating class of 2007, their families and guests, as well as Simon's Rock faculty, staff, and community members from the Berkshire region.  The ceremonies are open to the public and will take place on the Daniel Arts Center Lawn on the campus of Simon’s Rock College at 84 Alford Road in Great Barrington.