Perhaps that is a Harvard graduate working in social work or perhaps it is the two children sitting in the shed at Tanglewood watching their mom delivering the valedictorian address for Berkshire Community College's Commencement.
Jamaica Kincaid, author of a dozen seminal works of fiction and nonfiction, will address graduates at the 50th commencement ceremony of Bard College at Simon's Rock on Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. on Blodgett lawn.
The commencement speaker is health-care entrepreneur and philanthropist William Lyons III, who will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees will be Savina Martin, co-chair of the Massachusetts Poor People's Campaign, and Kathryn Buckley-Brawner, executive director of Catholic Charities Agency in the Diocese of Springfield.
The first class to graduate from the newly constructed Taconic High School will do so at the Boys and Girls Club.
The graduation had typically been held in the high school's gymnasium. However, the new school's gym is smaller than the previous one and last year's graduation was the last one before the former home of the Braves was torn down.
Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 230th commencement exercises on Sunday, June 2.
In addition, Richard Alcombright, mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree; and Shirley Edgerton, director of Youth Alive Inc., and cultural proficiency coach for Pittsfield Public Schools, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.