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Elizabeth Warren to speak at UMass Amherst commencement

Senator Elizabeth Warren was the speaker at the Suffolk University commencement ceremony last year.
Senator Elizabeth Warren was the speaker at the Suffolk University commencement ceremony last year. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff/File)

US Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the country’s leading progressives, will deliver the commencement address this spring at UMass Amherst, the college announced Monday.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy praised the first-term senator as a strong role model for students.

“We are inspired by her staunch advocacy for equitable access to education, environmental resource conservation and support for economic justice,” he said in a statement. “These issues are in alignment with our campus’s core values and our long history of activism in pursuit of social justice.’’

Warren has been in the national limelight as a vocal critic of the Trump administration on such issues as health care and conflict of interest guidelines, and she has engaged in a running Twitter war with the new president.

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Last spring, in an address to graduates of Bridgewater State University, with the campaign in full swing, she called Trump “a truly dangerous man.’’

The UMass commencement is set for May 12, 4:30 p.m., at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Warren has also been tapped to speak at Wheelock College’s commencement on May 19. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline.