Cue “Pomp and Circumstance” -- it’s college commencement season once again in the region.
Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, who will address Harvard graduates on May 26, tops the list of area graduation speakers this year. Other notables include Secretary of State John F. Kerry, at Northeastern University on May 6; Alek Skarlatos, an Army national guardsman who helped subdue a gunman on a Paris-bound train in August, Fisher College, May 14; and Matt Damon, who will speak to MIT graduates June 3.
Here is full rundown of the ceremonies.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
April 23, Copley Marriott, Boston
Speaker: Christine Keville, president and CEO of Keville Enterprises
Number of graduates: 344
Honorary degrees: Keville
May 6, TD Garden.
Speaker: US Secretary of State John F. Kerry (undergraduate), Charles Elachi of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (graduate)
Honorary degrees: Elachi; Thomas McCarthy, director and screenwriter; Charles F. Bolden Jr., administrator of NASA; Susan Hockfield, MIT president emerita
May 6, McGuirk Alumni Stadium
Speaker: Wayne Chang, Twitter executive
Honorary degrees: Sheila C. Bair, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
May 7, DCU Center in downtown Worcester.
Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services
Honorary degrees:Woo ; Dr. James O’Connell, founding physician/president, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program; Dr. Fred Bayon ‘65, college trustee; and Michael Tsotsis ‘71, college trustee
Berklee College of Music
May 7, Agganis Arena
Speaker: Actress and singer Rita Moreno
Honorary degrees: Moreno; Ronald and Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers; Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group; musician Milton Nascimento
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
May 7, Gillette Stadium
Speaker: Dr. Sylvio L. Dupuis, former mayor of Manchester, N.H.
May 7, campus Great Lawn, Weston
Speaker: Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” initiative
Honorary degrees: Campbell and Dr. Paul Farmer, chairman of the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and founding director of Partners in Health.
May 8, Agganis Arena at BU (10 a.m. undergrad, 3 p.m. graduate)
Speaker: Novelist Alice Sebold (undergrad), Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges (graduate)
Graduates: 950 undergrads, 290 graduates
Honorary degrees: Sebold, Legros Georges; investigative reporter Juan Gonzalez
May 8, DCU Center, Worcester
Speaker: Governor Charlie Baker
Graduates: 456 (328 undergraduate, 128 graduate)
Honorary degrees: Baker; Mark Fuller, chairman and treasurer of the George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation; vice president of Benefit Development Group Inc.; and president of the Northeast Region at Industrial Distribution Group Inc.; and Alfred D. Houston
MGH Institute of Health Professions
May 9, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, 2 p.m.
Speaker: Ellen Zane, former President & CEO of Tufts Medical and Floating Hospital for Children
Honorary degrees: Matina Horner, former president of Radcliffe College
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
May 12 (graduate), May 14 (undergraduate)
Speakers: Reshma Saujani, founder and president of Girls Who Code (undergrad); France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (graduate)
Honorary degrees: Warner S. Fletcher, WPI trustee emeritus; David Schwaber, alumnus
Bay State College
May 13, Berklee Performance Center, 2 p.m.
Speaker: Diane Hessan, CEO of Startup Institute
Roxbury Community College
May 13, Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1 p.m.
Speaker: Robert Lewis, Jr, founder and president of THE BASE
May 13 - 16, Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater, Angus Bailey Auditorium
Speakers: Interim Chancellor Peyton R. “Randy” Helm (business); Rosyln Brock, national chair of the NAACP (sciences and performing arts); Dr. Robert Pinksy, US poet laureate (arts and sciences); Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, Massachusetts Supreme Court (law)
Honorary degrees: Brock, Pinsky, Gants
May 14, Wellesley campus, 10 a.m. undergrad, 3 p.m. grad
Speakers: Muhammad Yunus, Nobel laureate professor (undergrad); Beth Brooke-Marciniak, global vice chair of public policy at EY
Graduates: 480 (undergrad), 520 (graduate)
Honorary degrees: Yunus, Brooke-Marciniak
May 14, DCU Center in Worcester, 11:30 a.m.,
Speaker: Emmett D. Carson, founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Honorary Degrees: Carson; W. Patrick Hughes, retired NFL, retired president and CEO of the former Fallon Community Health Plan
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
May 14, BFIT Auditorium, 10 a.m.
Speaker: Juma Crawford, executive director of Grand Circle Foundation-Boston
Honorary Degree: Crawford
Bridgewater State University
May 14 – 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Boyden Quadrangle
Graduates: 1,000 (morning), 1,200 (afternoon)
Speakers: US Senator Elizabeth Warren (morning); James T. Brett, The New England Council
Honorary Degrees: Warren (morning), Brett (afternoon)
Speaker: The Rev. Liz Walker
Honorary Degrees: Walker, Patricia A. McGuire
May 14, John Hancock Hall, Back Bay Events Center, Boston
Speaker: Alek Skarlatos, Oregon national guardsman who subdued a gunman on a Paris-bound train in Aug. 2015
Honorary degrees: Skarlatos
May 14 (graduate) College’s Naismith Green at 9:30 a.m., May 15 (undergraduate) MassMutual Center at 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics (undergraduate); Mark Keroack, president and CEO for Baystate Health, Baystate Medical Center and board chairman for Health New England (graduate)
May 14, Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Speakers: Judy Woodruff, “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart
Honorary degrees: Chris Cooper, Academy Award-winning actor; Marianne Leone, actress, screenwriter; John Kennedy, CFO of Nova Ventures Corp.
Distinguished alumni award: L. Donald LaTorre, president of L&G Management Consultants
May 15, Nickerson Field, BU
Speaker: Nina Tassler, former chair of CBS News Entertainment
Honorary degrees: Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy; Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of PeaceCorps; Travis Roy, motivational speaker and former BU hockey player
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Speaker: New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman
May 15, Taylor Field, 11 a.m.
Speaker: Steve Grossman, former treasurer of the Commonwealth
Honorary degrees: Grossman
Mount Holyoke College
May 15, Gettell Amphitheater, 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer for Partners In Health
Honorary degrees: Artist Joan Jonas; US Representative Richard E. Neal.
May 15, 2016, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, 11 a.m.
Speaker: Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito
Honorary Degrees: Polito, Lawrence E. Kaplan, trustee, Goodwin Proctor LLP
New England College of Optometry
May 15, Back Bay Events Center, Boston
Speaker: US Representative Niki Tsongas
Graduates: 118 O.D. degree (8 who will also receive an M.S. degree)
Honorary degrees: Tsongas, Dr. Kenneth Myers, Dr. David Miller
May 15, 10 a.m., Smith Quadrangle
Speaker: Megan Smith, US chief technology officer
Graduates: 660 undergrad, 65 graduate
Honorary degree recipients: Smith; memoirist Alison Bechdel; NAACP board chairman Roslyn Brock; Ruchira Gupta, a leader in the international fight against sex trafficking; soccer icon Abby Wambach; NASA astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson
Mount Ida College
May 16, 11 a.m., Newton campus
Speaker: Steve Pemberton, vice president for diversity and inclusion for Walgreens Boots Alliance
Honorary degree: Pemberton
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
May 19, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston 1 p.m.
Speakers: Charles Blow, New York Times columnist; Philip Freelon, architect
Honorary degrees: Blow, Freelon; Joanne McKenna, educator at Revere Public Schools
Salem State University
May 19 (graduate), May 21 (undergraduates) O’Keefe Complex
Speaker: Graduate: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund Micho Spring, president of Weber Shandwick-New England region and chair of its global corporate practice. Undergraduate: Micho Spring, president of Weber Shandwick-New England region and chair of its global corporate practice
Honorary degrees – Graduate: Edelman and Michael Evans, Democratic chief counsel, United States Senate Committee on Finance; partner, K&L Gates. Undergraduate: Spring and James Rudolph, managing partner, Rudolph Friedmann LLP
Boston Architectural College
May 20, Old South Church, 1 p.m.
Speaker: Moshe Safdie, renowed architect
Speakers: Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of George Bush (graduate); Governor Charlie Baker (undergraduate)
Graduates: 250 (Master’s), 750 (BA/BS)
Honorary degrees: Bush, Baker; poet Robert Pinsky; F. Ken Duane, CEO of Heritage Brands and North America Wholesalers; Joshua L. Miner IV
May 20, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Speakers: Author Michelle Alexander (undergraduate), Judy Norsigian, women’s health advocate and co-author of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (graduate)
Graduates: 498 undergraduates, 1567 graduate students
Honorary degrees: Alexander, Norsigian; Saru Jayaraman, advocate author, ROC United co-founder; Dr. Paula Johnson, physician and Wellesley College president; Robert Lewis, Jr., civic, community, non-profit leader
May 20, (10 a.m. undergraduate, 3 p.m. graduate)
Speakers: The Rev. Liz Walker (undergraduate), pediatrician Dr. Lisa Wong (graduate)
Honorary degrees: Walker, Wong; Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread-the Walk for Hunger
Anna Maria College
May 21, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester, 10 a.m.
Speaker: James T. Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council
Honorary degrees: Brett; Maureen Logan Coghlin, former trustee and alumnae; Gerard A. Dio, retired Worcester Fire Chief; Edward Reynolds, headmaster of Holy Name Junior/Senior HS
May 21 (10 a.m. undergraduate, 3 p.m. graduate)
Speaker: Karen Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday (undergrad), Corey Thomas, president and CEO of Rapid7 (graduate keynote)
Graduates: 1,050 (undergrad), 460 (graduate)
Honorary degrees: Kaplan, Thomas
Bunker Hill Community College
May 21, Charlestown campus
Speaker: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh
May 21, 2016 at the college stadium
Speakers: Joyce and Bill Cummings, Cummings Properties and Cummings Foundation
Graduates: 848 (A.S. and A.A.: 13; B.S., B.A., and B.F.A.: 565; M.S., M.A., M.B.A., M.F.A) M.Ed.: 267; Ed.D.: 3 (first class of doctoral graduates)
Honorary degrees: Bill and Joyce Cummings, Curt Gerrish, CEO and founder of Rochester Electronics
May 21, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston (9:30 a.m., 2 p.m.)
Speaker: Dr. Charles Payne, UChicago (graduate), Molly Baldwin, CEO of Roca, Inc. (graduate); poet Richard Blanco (undergrad), artist Nick Cave (undergrad)
Honorary degrees Baldwin, Blanco, Cave, Payne.
Saint Anselm College
Speaker: Mike Sheehan, CEO of The Boston Globe
Honorary degrees: Sister Maxyne Schneider, President of Sisters of St. Joseph; Paul Montrone, Chairman of Perspecta Trust LLC, Liberty Lane Partners, and Liberty Lane Service Company; Charles Pollard, former President and CEO of Omni Air International
The College of Our Lady of the Elms
May 21, MassMutual Center, Springfield
Speaker: Dr. James O’Connell, president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Honorary degree: O’Connell
May 22, Gosman Sports and Convocation Center, 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Julieanna Richardson, African American oral history scholar
Honorary degrees: Richardson; Mildred Dresselhaus, MIT physicist and engineer; attorney and preservationist Frank Brandeis Gilbert; Agnieszka Holland, filmmaker; Jack Whitten, artist
May 22, Jefferson Academic Center Green on campus
Speaker: Catalina Escobar, social entrepreneur, founder and director of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation
Graduates: 1192 (bachelor’s 526; master’s 623; doctoral 43)
Honorary degrees: Escobar; Senator Harriette Chandler; John Geanakoplos, Yale University
May 22, D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex, 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy
Honorary degrees: Dannel Malloy; Cathy Malloy, CEO of Greater Hartford Arts Council
May 22, Framingham T0wn Green (2 p.m. undergraduate, 9:30 a.m. graduate)
Speakers: Chris Herren, former Boston Celtic and founder of the Herrin Project (undergraduate); Michael Powers, senior vice president and general manager at CBS Interactive
Honorary degrees: Herren and Powers
New England Conservatory
May 22, Jordan Hall
Speaker: Leonard Slatkin, conductor and music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre National de Lyon
Honorary degrees: Slatkin; sporano Martina Arroyo; composer Anthony Braxton; NEC faculty member Malcom Peyton; keyboardist and producer Bernie Worrell
School of the Museum of Fine Arts
May 22, Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, Museum of Fine Arts
Speaker: Gonzalo Fuenmayor, artist and SMFA alumnus
May 22, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Speaker: US Senator Elizabeth Warren (College of Arts and Sciences); Kevin Washington, president and CEO of YMCA of the USA (business school); Elaine R. Jones, NAACP Legal Defense Fund (law school)
Graduates: 2,000 (undergraduate and graduate)
Honorary degrees: Warren, Washington, Jones
Speaker: Actor Hank Azaria
Honorary degrees: Janet Echelman, artist; H. Jack Geiger, physician and human rights advocate; Martin Granoff, entrepreneur; Sonia Manzano, actress; Margot Stern Strom, scholar
May 23, Alumni Stadium, 10 a.m.
Speaker: US Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz
Honorary degrees: Nannette Canniff, founding president of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation; John “Jack” Joyce, managing director of Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, and chairman of the Boston College Club; María Eugenia “Gena” McGowan, principal of St. Matthew Catholic School in Phoenix; and the Rev. Emmanuel Mwerekande, a priest at Our Lady of Fatima parish in Uganda
College of the Holy Cross
May 27, DCU Center
Speaker: Harry K. Thomas Jr. ’78, US ambassador to Zimbabwe
Graduates: 703. B.A., B.S.
Honorary degrees: Thomas; Ann Dowd ’78, actress and teacher at the acting program at CAP21 (Collaborative Arts Project 21), a New York City professional musical theatre training conservatory and Off-Broadway theatre company; Richard J. O’Reilly, M.D., ’64, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
May 26, Harvard Yard
Speaker: Steven Spielberg
May 27, South Shore Music Circus
Speaker: to be announced
May 27, TD Garden
Speaker: US Representative Seth Moulton
Honorary degrees: Roderick Ireland, the first African-American to serve on the state’s Supreme Judicial Court; Susan Mboya, president of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation; Suzanne Lee, leader and educator in the Boston Public Schools community; and Louis Stokes, the late Ohio congressman and civil rights advocate.
May 27, 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Lulu Chow Wang, philanthropist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
June 2 (doctoral, 11 a.m.), 3 (undergraduate, 10 a.m.)
Speaker: Matt Damon, actor and founder of cleanwater.org
June 5, West College Lawn, 10 a.m.
Speaker: Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative; (journalist Elizabeth Kolbert as baccalaureate speaker)
Honorary degrees: Stevenson, Kolbert; Sarah Bolton, president elect of The College of Wooster; author and illustrator Eric Carle; sportswriter Frank Deford; Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radlet; playwright and screenwriter David Henry Hwang; singer-songwriter, producer, actor Leehom Wang
Compiled by Correspondent Mina Corpuz. For commencement updates, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org