Speaking of leaders who are advancing innovation to help advance access to quality education, I'm looking forward to welcoming Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks, to ASU next month. Howard will address the Class of 2017 during our University Commencement on May 8, and share his perspectives as a transformative leader for Starbucks and a dedicated advocate for creating life-changing opportunity.
Late last month, it was announced that ASU and Starbucks are expanding the Starbucks College Achievement Plan (SCAP), our tuition-reimbursement plan that gives 15,000 Starbucks employees (known as partners) the chance to complete their college degree through ASU Online. Our new "Pathway to Admission" program will assist Starbucks partners in earning the academic qualifications necessary to gain admission to ASU and enroll in SCAP. Interested participants will earn their admission by completing a specific curriculum through the Global Freshman Academy.
ASU is appreciative of the opportunity to collaborate with an energetic and community-minded leader and company like Starbucks, and I hope you will join us for what will be a very special celebration of our new graduates in Sun Devil Stadium.