2014 Commencement Speaker Announced

Posted: February 11, 2014

Dear Scripps College Community,

The 2014 Commencement speaker has been selected by our Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, the invitation has been accepted, and I have the privilege of making this exciting announcement: the speaker is Nonie Creme ’94, a brilliant and successful entrepreneur and business leader who was the founding creative director of the break-out beauty brand butter LONDON.

Her work in product design and development, color, and branding helped shape the explosion of the nail color industry, and Nonie became renowned for innovation in the beauty category. She was at the helm of product formulation, design, and brand development for Butter London, which launched a ground-breaking line of non-toxic nail lacquers and treatments. The butter LONDON line is one of only a few nail lacquers that exclude the “toxic trio” – three particular ingredients known to be potentially harmful to users and the environment.

She has been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Wear Daily, and dozens of other publications for her work in the beauty field, and she has created runway manicures for Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Victoria Beckham, Betsey Johnson, Julian MacDonald, Matthew Williamson, and many other fashion houses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Upon accepting the invitation to serve as the 2014 Commencement speaker, Nonie shared with us that her path to building a multimillion dollar business was far from typical, calling herself “an average student” as opposed to a Fulbright-winning, high honors-receiving student. She says she simply used the knowledge and skills gleaned from her Scripps education and combined them with a ferocious spirit, creating a trajectory that continues to rise.

Nonie is passionate in her message to all women, a message that comes from her own story: “Find yourself, and then be yourself. Success and opportunity are hidden in every facet of our lives.” It’s a story she looks forward to sharing with us at Commencement.

I also take this opportunity to thank the senior class leadership who devoted significant time and energy to identifying an exemplary speaker who will engage us all and reflect credit on Scripps College.

Be sure to visit the Commencement 2014 web page for information and updates.


Lori Bettison-Varga

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