Who’s Giving Central MA Grads Advice This Year?
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
GoLocal has who's giving the big talks -- and who the colleges are giving out honorary degrees to as well.
Who's Speaking in Central Massachusetts?
Notable speakers include Ron Shaich '76 of Clark University who founded Panera Bread, groundbreaking HIV researcher John L. Sullivan, M.D at Worcester State University, and Bernard Amadei, who founded Engineers Without Borders, will appear at WPI.
Here is the complete list of the commencement speakers and notable honorary degree getters at colleges and universities in Central Mass this commencement season.
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Anna Maria College
Saturday, May 17
Commencement speaker: Sister Yvette E. Bellerose
- Raymond Lauring will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration
- Edith M. LaVigne ’63 will posthumously receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Service
- Therese Noury, SSA ’68 will receive an Honorary Doctor of Human Service
Saturday, May 17
Commencement speaker: Frances Hogan, Boston-based attorney and humanitarian
- Frances Hogan
- Janice “Jan” L. Fuller P’92, retired vice president of finance at Refco Inc./IDG New England
- Mark W. Fuller P’92, vice president of Worcester-based Benefit Development Group
- Fr. Benoît Grière, A.A., Superior General of the Augustinians of the Assumption
- Dr. Paul Carpentier, M.D., C.F.C.M.C. ’82, ne of only three FertilityCare medical consultants in New England
Saturday, May 10
Commencement speaker: Len Gengel, Be Like Brit co-founder and Becker alumnus
- Cherylann Gengel, founding the 19,000-square-foot Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti
- Dr. Sheila Harrity, Ed.D., is the principal of Worcester Technical High School
Sunday, May 18
Commencement speaker: Ron Shaich '76, Co-founded Panera Bread
- Cynthia Enloe, research professor in Clark’s International Development, Community, and Environment Department, is known around the world for her feminist teaching and research on women’s politics.
- Michael Crow is president of Arizona State University. Sharing Clark’s vision, he is nationally recognized for innovative leadership and his commitment to a “reinvention” of the American research university model, focused on academic excellence and access.
College of the Holy Cross
Friday, May 23
Commencement speaker: Jon Favreau '03, former director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama
- Rochelle M. Bard '98, critically acclaimed soprano
- Rev. John W. Padberg, S.J., director and editor of the St. Louis-based Institute of Jesuit Sources
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Saturday, May 17
Commencement speaker: Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders
- Robert A. Foisie '56, retired founder of Matik North America Inc.
- Sheila M. Harrity, nationally recognized principal of Worcester Technical High School
- Stephen E. Rubin ’74, entrepreneur and former chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees
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