Holy Ghost Prep alum Matthew Costello, an executive at Apple and Beats by Dr. Dre, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2018 on Saturday, June 2.
“We are thrilled that Matt will return home to Holy Ghost Prep to speak at this year’s commencement,” says HGP president Gregory J. Geruson ’79. “We often talk about how a Holy Ghost education will take you places, and that’s certainly been the case with Matt. He has had a remarkable life and career—working all over the globe in leadership roles for a number of multinational corporations. I am certain that Matt will deliver an inspiring message to our graduating seniors.”
A current member of Holy Ghost Prep’s Board of Trustees, Costello is a vice president of hardware engineering and operations at Apple and the chief operating officer of Beats by Dr. Dre, the audio and consumer electronics company co-founded in 2008 by artist/producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and acquired by Apple in 2014.
Prior to that, Costello served as business development officer for the IKEA Group based in the Netherlands, the chief operating officer of HTC Corp based in Taiwan, and the corporate vice president of operations and strategy for Sony Ericsson in Sweden. Prior to his operational management experiences, Matthew was a management consultant, having started his career in Andersen LLP both in the United States and in Europe and later serving as a partner in Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz & Co.) based in Stockholm.
A 1995 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at Duquesne University, Costello lives with his wife Liselott and their three children (Ellinor, Annika, and Patrick) in Santa Cruz, California.
While at Holy Ghost Prep, Costello was a Diocesan Scholar who attended some classes at what was then-Holy Family College. In addition, Costello starred on HGP’s forensics team, served as the president of National Honor Society, ran indoor and outdoor track, acted as a peer minister, played in the HGP band, and participated in intramural football and basketball. Costello was a key contributor to Holy Ghost’s back-to-back national title-winning forensics teams in 1990 and 1991—finishing third overall in original oratory at the 1991 National Forensics League’s Grand National Tournament in Chicago.
During the 1991 Holy Ghost Prep graduation ceremony, Costello was presented with the Sedes Sapientiae Award for Scholarship, Leadership and Achievement, an award that is still given today.
“Holy Ghost Prep and Duquesne University laid the foundation for my success,” says Costello. “Both Spiritan schools armed me with skills that I have always taken with me: the ability to think through and solve problems, a strong moral and ethical compass, and the confidence to feel like I could always figure things out—no matter how challenging.”