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    Rundown of commencements at Mass. universities

    05/30/2014 BOSTON, MA Students stood up and cheered when asked who were the first of their families to go to college during the 2014 UMass Boston Commencement. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
    Aram Boghosian/For The Boston Globe
    Students celebrate at last year’s UMass Boston commencement.

    The whiff of spring is in the air, so cue up “Pomp and Circumstance.” It’s college commencement season once again in the region, a festive six-week celebration as freshly minted graduates head off into the world. Here is a rundown of the undergraduate ceremonies. Get the hankies ready.

    Wentworth Institute of Technology

    Saturday, 10 a.m., Tansey Gymnasium, on the campus

    Speaker: Anil D. Jha, founder and chief executive officer of HydroNovation Inc.


    Graduates: 221

    UMass Amherst

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    May 8, 4:30 p.m., McGuirk Alumni Stadium

    Speaker: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Number of graduates: 5,500

    Northeastern University


    May 8, 10:30 a.m., TD Garden

    Speaker: David Muir, ABC news anchor

    Honorary degrees: Muir; Lawrence S. Bacow, president emeritus of Tufts University; Vanessa Kerry, co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health; and Gabriel Jaramillo, former chairman, president, and CEO at Santander Holdings USA.

    Becker College

    May 9, 11 a.m., DCU Center in Worcester

    Speaker: Karen S. Rohan, president of Aetna, Inc.


    Number of grads: 429

    Honorary Degree: Rohan; Martha P. Grace, former Chief Justice of Mass Juvenile Court

    Bay Path University

    May 9, 3:00 p.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield

    Speaker: Jennifer Lesser Henley, Director of Security Operations at Facebook

    Number of graduates: 800

    Honorary degree recipients: Henley; York Mayo, community activist and retired executive at American Saw & Manufacturing Company

    Emmanuel College

    May 9, on campus

    Speaker: Boston Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley

    Number of graduates: 600

    Honorary degrees: O’Malley and James T. Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council

    Dean College

    May 9, at 11 a.m. , on campus: 99 Main St., Franklin, outside of Dean Hall

    Speaker: N/A

    Graduates: 290

    Honorary degrees: N/A

    Regis College

    May 9, 10 a.m., Great Lawn, Regis campus, Weston

    Speaker: Sandra Fenwick, president and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital

    Graduates: 675

    Honorary degrees: Fenwick; Marjorie Arons Barron, president of Barron Associates Worldwide; Karen Lafrazia, executive director of St. Francis House

    Newbury College

    May 10, 11 a.m., Brookline campus

    Speaker: Former US Senator William “Mo” Cowan

    Graduates: 180

    Honorary degrees: Richard Moreau, executive vice president, chief operating officer of Strategic Hotels & Resorts; and Toni Elka, Executive director and founder of Future Chefs

    Mount Ida

    May 11 at 11 a.m., Newton campus

    Speaker: Brian McGrory, editor in chief, The Boston Globe

    Graduates: 200

    Honorary degrees: Stephen Boswell, CEO and president of Fenway Health; Carolyn Rafaelian, CEO of Alex and Ani

    MGH Institute of Health Professions

    May 11, 2 p.m., Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center

    Speaker: Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC host

    Graduates: 550

    Honorary degrees: None

    Simmons College

    May 15, 9:30 a.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Speaker: Abigail Disney, filmmaker, philanthripost, and activist

    Honorary degree: Laurence Prusak ,ifounded and directed the Center for Business Innovation at Ernst and Young, and the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management; currently senior adviser on knowledge for NASA.

    Wheelock College

    May 15, 10 a.m., Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston

    Speaker: Dr. Joyce Banda, former president, Republic of Malawi

    Honorary degrees: Dr. Joyce Banda; Lawrence O’Donnell; Dr. Tiziana Filippini.

    Lesley University

    May 16, 2 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Speakers: Pedro Noguera, executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools; and Chris Van Allsburg, children’s author known for “Polar Express” and other works.

    UMass Lowell

    May 16, 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Tsongas Center

    Speaker: LeVar Burton, actor and education advocate

    Graduates: 2,700

    Honorary degrees: Carole Cowan, former president of Middlesex Community College; John Sampas, literary executor of beat generation icon Jack Kerouac’s estate; (Second ceremony:) Barry Perry, former chairman and CEO, Engelhard Inc.

    Hampshire College

    May 16, 11 a.m., Harold F. Johnson Library Lawn

    Speaker: Sonya Renee Taylor, poet, activist, and founder of The Body is Not an Apology movement.

    Graduates: 300

    Honorary degrees: None.

    Fisher College

    May 16, 11 a.m., Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St.

    Speaker: Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

    Graduates: 248

    Honorary degrees: Slater

    College of Our Lady of the Elms

    May 16, MassMutual Center, Springfield

    Speaker: US Representative. John Lewis, D-Ga.

    Graduates: 508

    Honorary degrees: None.

    Assumption College

    May 16, 10 a.m., Assumption’s H.L. Rocheleau Field

    Speaker: Major General Robert Catalanotti (Ret.), an Iraq War commander

    Graduates: 447

    Honorary degrees: Terrence W Macy, PhD, former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services; Catalanotti.

    Babson College

    May 16, 10 a.m.

    Speakers: Kevin Colleran, early executive at Facebook and current managing partner at Slow Ventures; Richard Saul Wurman, renowned American architect and author.

    Graduates: 470

    Honorary degrees: Colleran and Wurman.

    Bentley University

    May 16, 10 a.m., South Campus

    Speaker: Scott A. Blackmun, chief executive officer of the US Olympic Committee

    Graduates: 1,000

    Honorary degrees: Blackmun and Laura Sen, president and chief executive officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc.

    Endicott College

    May 16, 10:30 a.m., Endicott Stadium, Beverly

    Speaker: Raymond J. Bourque, Boston Bruins great

    Graduates: 510

    Honorary degrees: Bourque and Nancy E Frates, mother of Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball captain who has raised attention about ALS.

    Wheaton College

    May 16, 10 a.m., the Dimple (central quadrangle), Norton

    Speaker: Lisa Szarkowski , vice president of humanitarian emergencies and executive communication for the US Fund for UNICEF.

    Graduates: 371

    Honorary degrees: Szarkowski; Steven Hawley, former astronaut and a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas; David Wagner, founder and CEO of Evanston Capital Management and a member of the Wheaton Board of Trustees; Virginia Weil, retired senior managing director of the Business Council for International Understanding in Washington, D.C., and a former member of the Wheaton board.

    Stonehill College

    May 17 at 10 a.m., at college on quadrangle lawn (Easton)

    Speaker: Kenneth Feinberg, guided the One Fund after the Marathon bombings

    Graduates: 500

    Honorary Degree: Feinberg; Rev. Elizabeth Walker, journalist and humanitarian; Robert Strecker, Harvard Medical School psychiatry professor; Arlene McNamee, Catholic Social Services executive director.

    Brandeis University

    May 17, 10:30 a.m., Gosman Sports and Convocation Center

    Speaker: US Ambassador Thomas Pickering

    Honorary degrees: Pickering; Suzanne Farrell, dancer and founder of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center; Jamaica Kincaid, novelist, essayist and scholar; Yotam Ottolenghi, chef, restaurateur and author; Helen Vendler, poet, literary critic, scholar.

    Mount Holyoke College:

    May 17, 10:30 a.m., Gettell Amphitheater

    Speaker: Carol Geary Schneider, alumna and president of American Association of Colleges and Universities, leading national advocate for undergraduate liberal education

    Graduates: 580

    Honorary degrees: Schneider; Robert Forrester, president and chief executive officer of Newman’s Own Foundation; Sheila Lirio Marcelo, founder and chief executive office of; Meredith K Monk, internationally acclaimed artist who explores boundaries between music and movement.

    Boston University

    May 17, 1 p.m., Nickerson Field,

    Speaker: Meredith Vieira , Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host

    Honorary degrees: Viera; Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the NAACP;

    BU trustee Allen Questrom; philanthropist Kelli Questrom; Grammy–winning jazz musician and producer George Wein.

    Tufts University

    May 17, 9 a.m., College Green

    Speaker: Madeleine Albright, former US secretary of state

    Honorary degrees: Suzin Bartley, executive director of Children’s Trust Fund; Joichi “Joi” Ito, activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, director of MIT Media Lab; Joseph Neubauer, business and civic leader; Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, jurist and human rights advocate; Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher, choreographer.

    Suffolk University

    May 17, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

    Speakers: Governor Charlie Baker; Carolyn Mugar, Farm Aid executive director; Michael Sheehan, Boston Globe CEO

    Graduates: 1,094

    Honorary degrees: US Rep. William R Keating; John F Barros, chief of economic development for Boston; Paul Guzzi, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; Anthony Pangaro, principal of Millennium Partners-Boston; Robert Brustein, director, actor, playwright; Gloria E White-Hammond, physician at the South End Community Center.

    Clark University

    May 17, Jefferson Academic Center Green

    Speaker: Matthew R. Goldman, co-founder Blue Man Group

    Graduates: 530

    Honorary degrees: Goldman; Mark Bittman,New York Times columnist; Audrey Flack, visual artist; and Dr. Francis Lelo, vice chancellor of Laikapia University in Kenya.

    Lasell College

    May 17, Taylor Field

    Speaker: Judy Smith, crisis management expert, inspiration of television show “Scandal”

    Graduates: 284

    Honorary degree: Smith

    Olin College

    May 17, 3 p.m., Great Lawn, Needham

    Speaker: David Kelley, founder and chairman of the global design firm IDEO; founder of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design

    Graduates: 82

    New England College of Optometry

    May 17, 10 a.m., John Hancock Hall

    Speaker: Jordan Kassalow, founder and co-chairman of VisionSpring

    Graduates: 129

    Honorary degrees: Kassalow; Irving Bennett, OD; Richard Wallingford, OD.

    Emerson College

    May 18, 10 a.m., Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

    Speaker: Robin Roberts, co-anchor ABC’s “Good Morning America”

    Graduates: 970

    Honorary degrees: Roberts; Paralympic medalist, Marathon winner Cheri Blauwet; former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; and art leader Anne Hawley.

    Boston College

    May 18, 10 a.m., Alumni Stadium

    Speaker: Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

    Graduates: 4,000

    Honorary degrees: Sister Marie Chin, mainstay of the Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica; Michael Motyl, president of Guadalupe Regional Middle School in Texas; Steve Pemberton, writer and motivational speaker; Lee Woodruff, journalist and author.

    Boston Architectural College

    May 22, 1 p.m., Old South Church

    Speaker: Gianfranco Zaccai, president and chief design officer of Continuum LLC

    College of the Holy Cross

    May 22, 10:30 a.m., Fitton Field

    Speaker: Bryan A Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala.

    Graduates: 720

    Honorary degrees: Ella Baff, longtime director of Jacob’s Pillow international dance festival; Kevin Condron ’67, former Holy Cross board chair and community leader; and Worcester physician Richard Sacra, who contracted Ebola while caring for those stricken in Liberia.

    Harvard University

    May 28, Tercentenary Theatre

    Speaker: Former Governor Deval Patrick

    Graduates: 7,300

    Honorary degrees: To be announced on Commencement Day.

    UMass Boston

    May 29, TD Garden

    Speaker: Regina “Gina” McCarthy ‘76, administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency

    Graduates: 4,000

    Honorary degrees: McCarthy; Jack M Connors Jr, chairman and founding partner of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc.; Hubie Jones, social justice advocate; Bernard Osher, started Bernard Osher Foundation to improve life through education and arts; Deval L Patrick; Zhang Haidi, chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation and president of Rehabilitation International.

    Wellesley College

    May 29, 10:30 a.m., Wellesley Campus

    Speaker: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of “Americanah” and featured in Beyonce’s song “Flawless”

    Graduates: 600


    June 5, Killian Court

    Speaker: Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the US and assistant to Obama

    Williams College

    June 7, West College Lawn

    Speaker: Ursula M Burns, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer

    Graduates: 500

    Honorary degrees: Deval Patrick; Frank Deford, weekly commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition, senior correspondent on the HBO show “RealSports”; Gish Jen, author of four novels; Mario J Molina, developed the CFC-ozone depletion theory.

    Cambridge College

    June 7, Blue Hills Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston

    Speaker: Andrea Jung, president and ceo of Grameen America, and former ceo of Avon

    Graduates: 5,000

    Honorary degrees: Jung

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