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Cvent Founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal to Deliver W&L Law Commencement Speech

— by on April 11th, 2016

Washington and Lee University School of Law is pleased to announce Reggie Aggarwal as its 2016 commencement keynote speaker.

Aggarwal graduated in 1994 and is currently the founder and CEO of Cvent, a publicly traded technology company on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with more than 2,000 employees worldwide.  Cvent provides event management technology to more than 16,000 customers around the world.

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 beginning at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at the commencement website.

“Reggie Aggarwal is a very successful entrepreneur running a global company, and his story is highly inspirational,” said Brant Hellwig, dean of W&L Law. “His ingenuity, creativity and persistence provides a remarkable example for our graduates.  We look forward to hearing the lessons that he has learned from taking a two-person startup to a 2,000 person publicly traded company on the NYSE.”

In recent years, Aggarwal was named the most admired CEO of the Year by the Washington Business Journal. He has also been named Entrepreneur of the Year for the Washington, D.C. metro area by Ernst & Young and a rising star by Forbes Magazine.  In December 2015, Aggarwal was named one of the most influential business travel executives alongside other CEO’s from organizations including Marriott, Expedia, Uber, JPMorgan.

“I am honored to share my personal journey and lessons learned as an entrepreneur to the students that are about to embark in their future endeavors,” said Aggarwal.  “As a Washington and Lee graduate, I was provided with the right discipline to make the decision to become an entrepreneur and start my own company.”

Aggarwal has been featured in more than 100 articles including Forbes, Fortune and the Washington Post.  In addition, he has appeared on CNBC, NBC and FOX Business.

Aggarwal graduated with a BS degree from the University of Virginia, a Juris Doctorate from Washington and Lee University Law School, and an LLM from Georgetown University Law School. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate from Southeastern University for his contribution to the community. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from W&L Law.

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