Private colleges set commencement plans

Globe staff photo/John Tlumacki
At Northeastern’s 2011 commencement

Graduation season is upon us. Here is a rundown on commencement plans for some of the private colleges in Masssachusetts. For additions and corrections to the list, please e-mail Alli Knothe at

Amherst College

Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m. on the college’s main quad

Speaker: Amherst President Biddy Martin


Expected number of graduates: 443

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Degrees awarded: BA

Honorary degree recipients: CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour; Sheila Bair, former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; playwright and gay-rights activist Martin Duberman; Iran hostage crisis negotiator Ulric Haynes Jr. ’52; chemist David K. Lewis ’64; Anthony W. Marx, president of New York Public Library and former Amherst president; writer John McPhee; and songwriter Jim Steinman ’69

Anna Maria College

Saturday, May 19, Hanover Theater

Speaker: N/A


Expected number of graduates: 355 Graduates

Degrees awarded: Associate of Science, Bachelor Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science, Master of Security Management, Certificate of Paralegal Studies, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies

Honorary degree recipients: Sr. Barbara Flynn, SSA, honorary doctorate in Human Services

Assumption College

Saturday, May 12, on campus, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester

Speaker: Brian Kelly ’83, head football coach of the University of Notre Dame


Expected number of graduates: 698

Degrees awarded: BA , BBA, BS, AS, MA, MBA

Honorary degree recipients: Brian Kelly, Worcester Bishop Robert McManus, YOU Inc. President and CEO Maurice “Moe” Boisvert ’66, and James Welu, director emeritus of Worcester Art Museum

Babson College

Saturday, May 19, 2012 on campus

Speaker: Reid Hoffman, executive chairman of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock Partners; and Maria Eitel, president and CEO of the Nike Foundation.

Expected number of graduates: about 815

Degrees awarded: BS, MBA, and MS

Honorary degree recipients: Reid Hoffman and Maria Eitel

Bay Path College

Sunday, May 13, 3:00 p.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield

Speaker: Astronaut Catherine G. Coleman

Expected number of graduates: 720

Degrees awarded: BA, BS, MS, MBA, MOT, Ed.S

Honorary degree recipients: Kevin Rhodes, Conductor and Music Director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra

Berklee College of Music

Saturday, May 12, Agganis Arena

Speaker: Mulatu Astatke

Expected number of graduates: 900

Degrees awarded: Bachelor of music

Honorary degree recipients: Eagles (Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy Schmit), Alison Krauss, and Mulatu Astatke

Boston University

Sunday, May 20, 1 pm, Nickerson Field.

Brandeis University

Sunday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. Gosman Sports and Convocation Center on the campus in Waltham.

Speaker: Deborah Bial ‘87, founder of The Posse Foundation

Expected number of graduates: About 840 BA/BS, about 840 Master degrees, about 94 Ph.D.

Degrees awarded: BA, BS, MA, MBA, MFA, MPP, MSF, MSE, Ph.D.

Honorary degree recipients: Deborah Bial ‘87, Sydney Brenner (Nobel Prize winner), Myra Kraft ‘64 (Myra passed away last July--Robert Kraft will accept the honorary degree on her behalf), Joseph Polisi (President, Julliard School), Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize winner)

Clark University

Sunday, May 20, Jefferson Academic Center Green

Speaker: Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education

Expected number of graduates: 1092

Degrees awarded: BA, BS; MA; MS; MBA; MPA: Ph.D.

Honorary degree recipients: Ian Smillie, humanitarian and leader in the campaign to end “blood diamonds;” William S. Mosakowski, founder, president and CEO of privately held Public Consulting Group; Dr. Donald M. Berwick, clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy in the Department of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School and professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

College of the Holy Cross

Friday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m., Fitton Field; rain location: Hart Recreation Center

Speaker: Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners In Health

Expected number of graduates: approximately 690

Degrees awarded: BA

Honorary degree recipients: Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners In Health; Lisa Sowle Cahill, theological ethicist - J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College; Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., 31st President of the College of the Holy Cross - currently serving as a visiting scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University; Sherry Turkle, scholar and author - Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

Elms College

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m., MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield

Commencement speaker: Mark Gregory Hambley, retired US ambassador to Lebanon and Qatar

Expected number of graduates: 386

Degrees awarded: Associate, BA, BS, MS, certificates of advanced graduate study

Honorary degree recipients: Mark Gregory Hambley

Emerson College

Monday, May 14, 11 a.m., Citi Performing Arts Center (The Wang Theatre)

Emmanuel College

Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m., Emmanuel campus, 400 The Fenway, Boston

Speaker: Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Expected number of graduates: 600

Degrees awarded: BA, BFA, BS, MAT, MS, M.Ed., CAGS.

Honorary degree recipients: Anne Hawley; Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, executive director of Sociedad Latina

Endicott College

Saturday, May 19, 2012 The Stadium, Endicott College

Speaker: Salome Thomas-EL, author of “I Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner City”

Expected number of graduates: 750

Degrees awarded: MA, MBA, MEd, MFA, MS, BS, BA, BFA, AS, AA

Honorary degree recipients: State Senator Frederick E. Berry and Salome Thomas-EL

Fisher College

Saturday, May 12, 2012 11 am at the John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston

Speaker: Anthony Silva from WBZ’s NewsRadio 1030 and co-host of WBZ Afternoon News

Expected number of graduates: 450

Degrees awarded: BS, BA, AS, AA, and certificates

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Sunday, May 20, Olin College Great Lawn

Speaker: Nicholas Donofrio

Expected number of graduates: 69

Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Gordon College

Saturday, May 19, 2012, Gordon College, 255 Grapevine Rd, Wenham, MA

Speaker: R. Judson Carlberg, seventh president of Gordon

Expected number of graduates: 361 undergraduates, 33 graduate education, and 7 graduate music

Degrees awarded: Bachelor’s and Master’ss degrees

Honorary degree recipients: Peter Bennett, doctor of humanities; John Kanas, doctor of laws; Mark Sargent, doctor of humane letters

Hampshire College

Saturday, May 19, Library Lawn

Speaker: Eugene Mirman (comedian, writer, filmmaker; Hampshire alumnus)

Expected number of graduates: 350 (this includes January graduates)

Degrees awarded: B.A.

Honorary degree recipients: N/A (Hampshire doesn’t award honorary degrees)

Harvard College

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 9 a.m. in Harvard Yard

Speaker, speaker is Fareed Zakaria, editor-at-large of Time magazine

Lasell College

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 11 a.m., Taylor Field

Speaker: US Rep. Barney Frank

Expected number of graduates: 348 Undergraduate, 73 Graduate

Degrees awarded: BA, BS, MS.

Honorary degree recipients: U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D - Mass.), Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

Lesley University

Saturday, May 19, graduate ceremony at 10 a.m., undergraduate ceremony and 2 p.m., Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston


Graduate ceremony: Kati Haycock, president of the Education Trust, and Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, co-founder of My Sister’s Keeper, a faith-based, multi-racial collective assisting communities of women around the world

Undergraduate ceremony: Xu Bing, an internationally acclaimed installation artist, and Mary Mindess, a 53-year member of Lesley’s faculty

Expected number of graduates: More than 2,300

Degrees awarded: 33 PhD’s, 1,899 Master’s, and 456 Bachelor’s

Honorary degree recipients: Kati Haycock, Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, Xu Bing, Mary Mindess

Marian Court College

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 6 p.m., 35 Little’s Point Road, Swampscott

Commencement speaker: Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll

Expected number of graduates: 70

Degrees awarded: A.S.

Honorary degree recipients: N/a

MGH Institute of Health Professions

Friday, May 13, 2 p.m., Hynes Convention Center

Speaker: Marc A. Nivet, Ed.D., chief diversity officer, Association of American Medical Collegs

Expected number of graduates: 399

Degrees awarded: Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Certificate of Advanced Study

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Friday, June 8, 10 a.m.

Speaker: Salman Khan ‘98, founder of the Khan Academy,

Mount Holyoke College

Sunday, May 20, on campus

Speaker: Azar Nafisi, author “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books (2003) and visiting professor and the director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Expected number of graduates: About 600

Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Honorary degree: : Azar Nafisi; Mallika Dutt MHC ‘83, the founder and executive director of Breakthrough; Bernard LaFayette, a leader in the civil rights movement and cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist and director of New York City’s Hayden Planetarium

New England Conservatory

May 20, 3 p.m. NEC’s Jordan Hall

Speaker: Teaching artist Eric Booth

Expected number of graduates: 280

Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts, Graduate Diploma, Artist Diploma

Honorary degrees: Eric Booth; percussionist Alan Abel; wind conductor/educator Frank Battisti; jazz pianist, singer and NEC alumnus Freddy Cole; and tenor George Shirley.

New England College of Optometry

Sunday, May 20, Back Bay Events Center

Speaker: David A.V. Reynolds, DPH

Expected number of graduates: 115

Degrees awarded: Doctor of Optometry, Master of Science in Vision Science

Honorary degree recipients: David A.V. Reynolds, DPH, Charles F. Mullen, OD ’69, and Joan M. Exford, OD

Northeastern University

Friday, May 4, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. (undergraduate ceremony) and Northeastern’s Matthews Arena, 3:30 p.m. (graduate ceremony)

Speaker: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell (undergraduate) and David Ferriero, the 10th archivist of the United States (graduate)

Expected number of graduates: 3,263 undergraduates, 2,279 graduates

Degrees awarded: 16 different undergraduate degrees; 37 different graduate degrees

Honorary degree recipients: Colin Powell; Jaqueline A. Berrien, chairwoman, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; David S.Ferrieros; Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight in Indonesia; Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Sy Sternberg, chairman of Northeastern’s Board of Trustees

Regis College

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.

Speakers: Carolyn Lynch of the Lynch Foundation, and Amy Lind Corbett ’70, Regional Administrator, FAA

Expected number of graduates: 529

Degrees awarded :AS, BA, BSW, BS, MS, MAT, DNP

Honorary degrees: Carolyn Lynch and Amy Lind Corbett

Simmons College

Friday, May 18, at the Bank of America Pavilion. Undergraduate ceremony will be at 10 a.m.; graduate will be at 2 p.m.

Speaker: Maria Hinojosa, managing editor and host of Latino USA NPR program, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony. Carla Harris, managing director in the strategic client group at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, will speak at the graduate ceremony.

Expected number of graduates: 500 undergraduate, 1250 graduate

Degrees awarded: Ph.D., DNP, DPT, CAGS, Ed.S., MS, MA, MBA, MHA, MSW, MFA, BA, and BS

Honorary degree recipients: Maria Hinojosa; Carla Harris; Vanessa Kirsch, a social entrepreneur and founder of New Profit Inc. in Cambridge; Robert P. Moses, a dynamic leader of the Civil Rights Movement and founder of a national math literacy program, The Algebra Project,; Carol Ochs, a feminist theologian and emerita professor of Simmons College, who helped to establish a major in philosophy at Simmons and became the first woman to chair a department; Catharine R. Stimpson, feminist scholar, prolific writer and speaker, and dean emerita of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at New York University.

Springfield College

Undergraduate ceremony will be Sunday, May 13, 9:30 a.m., MassMutual Center, 1277 Main Street, in Springfield. Graduate will be Saturday, May 12, 9:30 a.m. Springfield College Naismith Green, 265 Alden Street, Springfield

Speaker: Tim Murphy, Harvard University head football coach will speak at the undergraduate ceremony. Charles Rucks, executive director of Springfield Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. and community leader will speak at the graduate ceremony.

Expected number of graduates: 946 undergraduate and 697 graduate

Degrees awarded: BA, BS Ph.D., DPT, CAGS, MBA, M.Ed., MS., MSW, MSW/JD* (*joint program with Western New England University School of Law)

Honorary degree recipients: Tim Murphy and Sally Griggs at the undergraduate ceremony; and Charles Rucks will be recognized at the graduate ceremony.

Tufts University

Sunday, May 20; 9 a.m, the Green on Tufts’ Medford/Somerville campus

Speaker: Eric Greitens, humanitarian, award-winning author, and decorated Navy SEAL officer

Wellesley College

Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:30 AM, Wellesley College Academic Quad

Commencement Speaker: Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC host, political scientist, author, Nation columnist, and professor at Tulane University.

Expected number of graduates: 599

Degrees awarded: BA

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Sunday, May 6, Wentworth’s main quad

Speaker: Carole Cornelison, commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management for Massachusetts

Expected number of graduates: About 200

Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Science, Master of Architecture, Master of Science, or Associate in Applied Science

Honorary degree recipients: Carole Cornelison; Marty Guyer, founder, MDG Associates of Connecticut (and mechanical engineering alum from 1964)

Wheaton College

Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m., campus green (the Dimple); if rain, Haas Athletic Center

Speaker: Janet L. Robinson, retired president and CEO of the New York Times Company and chairwoman of the board of trustees at Salve Regina University

Degrees awarded: BA

Honorary degree recipients: Janet L. Robinson; Deborah Haigh Dluhy, ’62, retired chairwoman of the Wheaton Board of Directors and retired dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; Barbara Jensky Kovensky, ‘67, president of Experchem Laboratories, a food science and technology company in Toronto.

Wheelock College

Friday, May 11. Undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. at Temple Israel 477 Longwood Avenue. Graduate ceremony at 2 p.m. at The Wheelock Family Theatre 180 The Riverway

Speaker: Undergraduate speaker will be Jane Alexander, actress and former director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Graduate keynote speaker will be Wintley Phipps, CEO and founder of the US Dream Academy.

Expected number of graduates: 100 graduate students, 164 undergraduates

Degrees awarded: BA, BS, BSW, MS, MSW

Honorary degree recipients: Jane Alexander; Wintley Phipps; Kathryn Lasky, author of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, informational books, and picture books

Williams College

Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m. West College Lawn

Speaker: Atul Gawande, surgeon, writer, and public health researcher whose work focuses on transforming safety and performance in surgery, childbirth, and care of the terminally ill.

Expected number of graduates: 500

Degrees awarded: BA

Honorary degree recipients: Atul Gawande; playwright, actor, and professor Anna Deavere Smith; writer, editor, and commentator David Brooks; Toby Cosgrove ’62, president and chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic; and Mary K. Grant, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.