VINELAND — Entrepreneur, author and philanthropist Robert O. Carr will deliver the commencement address at Cumberland County College’s 51st graduation ceremony on May 17.
“Bob Carr’s commitment to making college possible for youth in our region and across the country is unparalleled. He sets the standard for corporate social responsibility in a very personal way. He is a true role model for the citizens and leaders we are educating,” said Cumberland County College President Yves Salomon-Fernandez.
Carr is the founder and chairman of Give Something Back, a nonprofit charity that has provided $35 million in college scholarships, academic mentoring and social guidance to students who have faced economic hardship and other adversities.
“My own graduation day was one of my proudest moments, as I was the first of my family to earn a college degree. Education is a privilege that opens unimaginable doors. I look forward to sharing in this milestone with Cumberland’s Class of 2018 as they embark on their next chapter,” Carr said in a statement.
In addition to his nonprofit, Carr is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond, a company that provides tools and services to small and mid-sized businesses.
Carr has been honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year in the financial services category by Ernst and Young, as the top entrepreneur by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and with a lifetime achievement award from the payments industry trade group.
Since 2016, Carr has served on the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council, which analyzes cybersecurity and other safety matters.