Delta CEO Honored with Honorary Doctorate at Georgia Tech Commencement

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian was honored with an honorary doctorate degree from Georgia Institute of Technology this past Saturday. At the McCamish Pavilion, Bastian delivered the commencement address to the graduating class.

Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera presented Bastian with the honorary degree, recognizing his significant contributions to society, particularly during the challenges of the pandemic. Cabrera praised Bastian’s leadership at Delta Air Lines, citing him as an exemplary figure for others to follow.

In his address to the graduates, Bastian emphasized the importance of their role in the world, urging them to embrace their energy, passion, creativity, and hope. He encouraged them to lead fearlessly in the face of challenges.

Delta Air Lines and The Delta Air Lines Foundation have a longstanding relationship with Georgia Tech, supporting initiatives such as athletics and the co-op program with the Engineering School.

Bastian was one of five speakers at the ceremony, which celebrated nearly 6,000 Georgia Tech graduates. Other speakers included Professor Baratunde Cola, Georgia Power CEO Kim Greene, entrepreneur Chris Klaus, and McKinsey & Company Managing Partner Tiffany Burns.

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