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 Honorees & Commencement Speakers

Graduate Ceremony - May 13, 10am

Honorary Degree Recipient & Commencement Speaker

Cecilia Conrad

Managing Director, MacArthur Foundation

Chancellor's Medal Recipient

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Author and LGBT activist

Student Commencement Speaker

Michael Savaria

PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Undergraduate Ceremony - May 13, 2:30pm

Honorary Degree Recipient & Commencement Speaker

Nina Totenberg

Legal Affairs Correspondent, National Public Radio

Chancellor's Medal

Pete Souza

Former Chief Official White House Photographer

Student Commencement Speaker

Brandi Bass

BA in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration

UMass Law Commencement - May 15, 10am

Honorary Degree Recipient & Commencement Speaker

Morris Dees

Founder and Chief Legal Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center

Student Commencement Speaker

Sheyla Lors

Candidate for the Juris Doctor degree


In addition to the wonderful speeches at our 2017 Commencement ceremonies, there were other student finalists who submitted inspiring speeches.

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