An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.
In addition, MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello, a graduate of the college, and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will receive honorary doctor of public service degrees. MCLA will also recognize the late state Rep. Gailanne M. Cariddi, D-North Adams, with a posthumous doctor of public service degree.
On Williams College's grandest occasion, in front of its biggest crowd and surrounded by the trappings of pomp and circumstance, the student speakers at Sunday morning's commencement exercises focused on the mundane.
Jeremy Patterson admires the traditional college graduate, one the ones who had the foresight and commitment to delve right into higher education.
Patterson is not a traditional graduate. At age 26 neither he or his wife had even graduated high school. He was out of work and trying to care for their three children. Then one day in 2007 they packed everything they owned into a 1992 Oldsmobile and left their rural home in Florida, driving to a new home in the Berkshires.
Lewis would join King and the Civil Rights Movement and help organize the 1963 March on Washington as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He would be arrested 40 times, and five more while representing Georgia's 5th District.
Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago, will serve as the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 57th commencement.
Santiago was appointed to his position by Gov.Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the Commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Mass
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 228th commencement exercise on Sunday, June 4.
The day before, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will be the baccalaureate speaker.
This year's keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, a leader of the Civil Rights Movement who, as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups to organize the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis will receive an honorary doctor of public service.