SEATTLE -- The University of Washington says former Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer will be the university graduation speaker in June.
Ballmer served as chief executive officer of the company from 2000 to 2014. He joined Microsoft in 1980 as its 30th employee. He is still a member of the company's board of directors.
The University of Washington's 139th Commencement ceremonies will take place at 1:30 p.m. on June 14 at Husky Stadium. The UW estimates that it will award more than 12,000 degrees this academic year. Approximately 5,000 graduates will actually attend the ceremony, with an expected audience of about 40,000 friends and family members.