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A rundown on Boston-area college commencements


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

Northeastern University

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

UMass Amherst

May 6, McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Speaker: Wayne Chang, Twitter executive

Honorary degrees: Sheila C. Bair, former head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Assumption College

May 7, DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services

Graduates: 705

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.

Graduates: 1,438

Regis College

May 7, campus Great Lawn, Weston


Speaker: Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK and leader of the “Nuns on the Bus” initiative

Graduates: 700

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.

Emerson College

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

Nichols College

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

Graduates: 508

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

Graduates: 299

Roxbury Community College

May 13, Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, 1 p.m.


Speaker: Robert Lewis, Jr, founder and president of THE BASE

UMass Dartmouth

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

Babson College

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

Becker College

May 14, DCU Center in Worcester, 11:30 a.m.,

Speaker: Emmett D. Carson, founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Graduates: 345

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

Graduates: 180

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)

Emmanuel College

May 14

Speaker: The Rev. Liz Walker

Honorary Degrees: Walker, Patricia A. McGuire

Fisher College

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


Graduates: 225

Honorary degrees: Skarlatos

Springfield College

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)

UMass Lowell

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

Graduates: 3,900

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

Boston University

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

May 15

Speaker: New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman

Lasell College

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.

Newbury College

May 15, 2016, 129 Fisher Ave., Brookline, 11 a.m.

Speaker: Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Graduates: 150

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

Smith College

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

Graduates: 879

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

Merrimack College

May 20

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

Simmons College

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

Wheelock College

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

Bentley University

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

Endicott College

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

Lesley University

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

May 21

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

Graduates: 475

Honorary degree: O’Connell

Brandeis University

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

Clark University

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

Curry College

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

Framingham State

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

Graduates: 195

Suffolk University

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

Tufts University

May 22

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

Boston College

May 23, Alumni Stadium, 10 a.m.

Speaker: US Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz

Graduates: 4,000

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

Harvard University

May 26, Harvard Yard

Speaker: Steven Spielberg

Quincy College

May 27, South Shore Music Circus

Speaker: to be announced

UMass Boston

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.

Wellesley College

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

Williams College

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 mina.corpuz@globe.com