Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to Deliver Boston University Commencement Address


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(Boston) – Boston University today announced that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will deliver the commencement address at Boston University’s 141st graduation ceremonies at BU’s Nickerson Field at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 18th.

Governor Patrick will speak before more than 6,800 graduates and 25,000 guests at New England’s largest graduation ceremony, during which he will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

BU President Robert A. Brown announced the commencement, baccalaureate and student speakers, and honorary degree recipients to the members of the Class of 2014 this morning at the annual Senior Breakfast, held at the George Sherman Union.

Brown also revealed that Nancy Hopkins, the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the Commencement Day baccalaureate address at 11:00 a.m. at Marsh Chapel. Hopkins will receive an honorary Doctor of Science. Taryana Gilbeau (COM’14) was named the student speaker.

The prestigious list of honorary degree recipients also includes Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian William H. Cosby, Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters); Chair and President of the Dubai-based Dodsal Group Rajen Kilachand (GSM’74) (Doctor of Humane Letters); Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of City Year Michael Brown (Doctor of Humane Letters); and noted actress and writer Mayim Hoya Bialik (Doctor of Humane Letters).

Also announced today are the recipients of BU’s Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Receiving the esteemed Metcalf Cup is College of Engineering (ENG) Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dorothy “Stormy” Attaway. This year’s Metcalf Award winners are College of Fine Arts (CFA) Associate Professor of Music Terry Everson and College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) Professor of Astronomy Alan P. Marscher. The Metcalf Cup carries with it a prize of $10,000 and the Metcalf Award winners receive $5,000. Students, faculty and alumni nominate candidates for the awards established in 1973 by a gift from the late Boston University Board of Trustees chairman emeritus Arthur G.B. Metcalf.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who was born on the South Side of Chicago and raised by a single mother, first came to Massachusetts in 1970 at the age of 14. A motivated student despite the difficult circumstances of poor and sometimes violent Chicago schools, he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through A Better Chance, a Boston-based organization. From that time forward, he has said, Massachusetts people, schools, and institutions have given him the opportunity to excel.

Governor Patrick, the first in his family to attend college, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After serving as a law clerk for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, he pursued a successful career in the private sector as an attorney and business executive, rising to senior executive positions at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President Clinton appointed him as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the nation’s top civil rights post.

First elected in 2006, Governor Patrick, despite a challenging economic environment, has maintained or expanded the state’s investment in critical growth sectors while cutting state spending. Governor Patrick has funded public education at the highest levels in the history of the Commonwealth and its school reform initiatives earned Massachusetts the top spot in the national Race to the Top competition. Additionally, the Governor has positioned the state as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals and information technology, and as a national leader in clean energy.

Governor Patrick has committed the state to renewing its aging infrastructure and oversaw the expansion of affordable health care insurance to more than 98 percent of Massachusetts residents. The Patrick administration also accomplished major reforms in the state’s pension systems, ethics laws, and transportation bureaucracy.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research.  With more than 33,000 students, it is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States.  BU consists of 16 schools and colleges, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.  In 2012, BU joined the Association of American Universities (AAU), a consortium of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada.

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