Peter B. Lewis to deliver Case Western Reserve commencement

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CLEVELAND -- Renowned business leader and philanthropist Peter B. Lewis has been announced as the 2013 commencement speaker at Case Western Reserve University.

Lewis, who addressed the campus a decade ago at the dedication of a building that bears his name, last appeared at the graduation ceremony in 2008.

"Peter B. Lewis exemplifies many of the qualities we seek to instill in our students," President Barbara Snyder says. "He possesses a passion for excellence, an appreciation for the arts and a devotion to using his resources to improve the world. He has great wisdom to share with our graduates and their families."

As part of the ceremonies, Lewis will also receive an honorary degree from Case Western Reserve, which also happens to be the alma mater of his mother, father, sister and ex-wife.

Lewis, who grew up in Cleveland Heights, earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton University before returning to Northeast Ohio to join Progressive, the insurance company his father cofounded in 1937. In 1965, when he was 31, Lewis became CEO-a position held until 2000. Lewis remains chairman of Progressive today.

The commencement ceremony takes place on Sunday, May 19.

Lewis will share lessons from business, giving and life during commencement exercises that begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. 

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