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Challenge to the Next Generation

Congressman Michael Capuano tells Class of 2009 to strive for more than success

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The Class of 2009 gathered one final time on Sunday, May 17, in a cere­mony that celebrated the power of the individual. Commencement was notable for the presence of some national luminaries, including former Boston Celtics player Larry Bird (HON.’09) and acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg (HON.’09). But Baccalaureate speaker Rev. Gloria White-Hammond (CAS’72, HON.’09), a doctor, a minister, and an activist, and Commencement speaker Michael Capuano (HON.’09) took a more local approach in their addresses, emphasizing connections to community and urging graduates to harness the power of their generation.

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