Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, delivers keynote address at 2019 Public Health Commencement

June 9, 2019

On Monday, May 20, the School conferred degrees to its 74th graduating class at a commencement ceremony held in the Hearst Greek Theatre. Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals, delivered the keynote address.

Tyson’s career has spanned more than 34 years at Kaiser Permanente, where he served in roles from hospital administrator to chief operating officer, before becoming CEO in 2013. His influence has been felt around the country. Under his leadership, the Oakland-based national healthcare organization continues to deliver affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare to the 66 million residents in its community. Kaiser Permanente also leads the country in prevention, cutting-edge treatment, patient safety and quality.

“You chose this path because you all believe in social justice and basic human right to a healthy life,” Tyson told the class of 2019, with a challenge for the next step in these graduating students’ academic or professional careers: “So I ask, which America will you want to build?”

View the photo gallery and watch the video from 2019 commencement, and read more about our 2019 commencement award winners.