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2014 Commencement Speakers at Massachusetts Colleges, Universities

See who will address Massachusetts graduates in 2014.

Clockwise from top left: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Chalrlie Day, Laverne Cox, Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Bloomberg.
Clockwise from top left: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Chalrlie Day, Laverne Cox, Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Bloomberg.

From Boston Marathon heroes Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to Capt. Richard Phillips, here's a list of commencement speakers at Massachusetts colleges and universities in 2014.

Anna Maria College: Sister Yvette Bellerose, chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees

Assumption College: Frances Hogan, humanitarian and attorney

Babson College: Tory Burch, fashion entrepreneur (undergraduate); Bobby Sager, entrepreneur (graduate)

Bard College at Simon’s Rock: Nina Perales, vice president of litigation at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Brandeis University: Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone president and CEO

College of the Holy Cross: Jon Favreau, former President Barack Obama speechwriter

Endicott College: Anne Mosle, executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute

Fisher College: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Boston Marathon bombing heroes

Framingham State University: Matthew Malone, Massachusetts secretary of education (undergraduate); Elaine Beilin, chairman of university’s English department (graduate)

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering: John Seely Brown, co-chairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge

Hampshire College: Laverne Cox, actress on “Orange is the New Black,” transgender advocate

Harvard University: Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist, former New York City Mayor

Lasell College: Joseph Abboud, fashion designer

Lesley University: Nikky Finney, poet, and Abelardo Morell, photographer (undergraduate); Lois Lowry, author of “The Giver,” and Priya Manickchand, Guyana’s minister of education (graduate)

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Charles Desmond, chairman of Massachusetts Board of Higher Education

MIT: Ellen Kullman, DuPont CEO

Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Richard Phillips, captain of MV Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009

Merrimack College: Charlie Day, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” actor, co-creator

Montserrat College of Art: Bryan Konietzko, animator

New England Conservatory: Philip Gossett, music historian

Newbury College: Dave McGillivray, Boston Marathon race director

Northeastern University: Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security, now president of University of California

Regis College: Donna Sytek, former New Hampshire Speaker of the House

Salem State University: Billy Starr, founder and executive director of Pan-Mass Challenge (graduate); Joe Andruzzi, former New England Patriots player, president of Joe Andruzzi Foundation (College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education); Edward Markey, Massachusetts Senator (College of Health and Human Services and Bertolon School of Business)

Simmons College: Billie Jean King, tennis player, activist (undergraduate); David Weinberger, expert on intersection of technology and human interaction

Smith College: Christine Lagarde, first woman to serve as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Stonehill College: Michael Sheehan, Boston Globe CEO

Suffolk University: Abraham Fox, national director of Anti-Defamation League (Law School); Joseph Hooley, State Street Corporation CEO (Sawyer Business School); Kate Walsh, Boston Medical Center CEO (College of Arts & Sciences)

Tufts University: Anne-Marie Slaughter, New America Foundation CEO

UMass Amherst: Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Governor

UMass Lowell: Bill Nye, scientist, comedian, author, inventor (morning); Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (afternoon)

Wheelock College: Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (undergraduate); David Banks, Eagle Academy Foundation CEO (graduate)

Williams College: Michael Bloomberg, entrepreneur, philanthropist, former New York City Mayor

TrapLoJo April 11, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Bloomberg is making the rounds.
Rob C April 11, 2014 at 08:31 PM
Does anyone actually listen to and pay attention to the speakers? Nobody I know has cared about the speakers. They just wanted the diploma.
Robert Norwood April 12, 2014 at 08:14 AM
You can bet Ayaan Hirsi Ali won't be speaking at any of these higher institutions of liberal left hypocrisy. Too bad Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez aren't available.
Bob April 12, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Robert - amazing isn't it? She is speaking out against women being mutilated and for getting them educated and the left hates her! Flipping up side down country we now live in! PC gone haywire. Let's not offend the practitioners of the cult that kills thousands of their own people over religion and shoot a little girl in the face because she wants an education!
malcolm nichols April 14, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Amherst College?

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