We are delighted to welcome Rita J. King to offer the keynote address at Commencement. She will also receive an Honorary Doctoral Degree.

Rita J. King is a futurist, entrepreneur, writer and specialist in applied imagination.

She is the co-director of Science House, a cathedral of the imagination in Manhattan where she helps teams and organizations identify and achieve their desired future state. She served as a futurist at NASA Langley’s think tank, and is currently a futurist at the Science and Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences, where she invents novel story architecture, characters, technologies and landscapes for major film and TV projects.

The Imagination Age is a framework Rita created to help people and teams transition from Industrial Era workstyles and habits into the Intelligence Era. Treasure of the Sirens is a company Rita founded that produces items inspired by the sea and sirens, who were the world’s first futurists.

Features by or about Rita have appeared in major media globally, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Al Jazeera, TIME, CNN, Fox News, NPR, the BBC, the Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, Forbes, Fast Company, Design Observer, and many more.

Centenary University is indeed fortunate to welcome Rita J. King to Centenary University’s 142nd Commencement.