2017 Graduation Ceremony Information

Undergraduate Ceremony Keynote Speaker: Iqram Magdon-Ismail

Paul McKenzieIqram Magdon-Ismail (EAS'06) is Co-Founder of mobile payment company Venmo, and served as its President and Director until 2012, when the company was acquired by Braintree and ultimately purchased by PayPal in 2013. He graduated from Penn in 2006 with a degree in Computer Science. Venmo is a service that provides a fun and easy way for users to charge and pay friends and bypass the need for cash or checks. Magdon-Ismail’s interests include product design and he specializes in user interfaces and elegant and scalable web platforms. While at Venmo, his focus was on enhancing the user experience. Prior to co-founding Venmo (with Andrew Kortina, his freshman-year roommate at Penn), Magdon-Ismail served as Head of Technology Efforts & Strategy at Ticketleap, an online ticket sales and event marketing company. He currently leads a company called Ense, which produces an app that allows users to easily share things they say and hear.