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Bob Vila addresses BAC graduates

Bob Vila (front right) with BAC president Glen LeRoy leading the college’s processional down Newbury Street to Old South Church.

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Bob Vila (front right) with BAC president Glen LeRoy leading the college’s processional down Newbury Street to Old South Church.

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Boston Architectural College is far from the largest commencement ceremony in the city, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get a top-flight speaker. On May 19, the school’s 167 graduates heard from one of their own: home-improvement guru Bob Vila, a BAC grad back in the ’70s and the former host of PBS’s “This Old House.” The college bestowed a posthumous honorary degree to Howard Elkus, cofounder of the influential Boston architectural firm Elkus Manfredi, who died April 1 at 78.

Hayley Kaufman can be reached at hayley.kaufman@globe.com.
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