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    A rundown on Boston-area college commencements

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    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

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    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

    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