UMass Dartmouth's 2015 Convocation Ceremony will take place Tuesday, September 1, at 11 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater
UMass Dartmouth will welcome alumnus and President, CEO, and Director of Harvard Bioscience Inc., Jeffrey Duchemin ’89 as this year’s Keynote Speaker to address the Class of 2019 at the University’s Convocation Ceremony. The Ceremony will take place Tuesday, September 1, at 11 a.m. at UMass Dartmouth’s Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater. Convocation is a ceremony that celebrates the beginning of the academic year and welcomes new students to campus.
Harvard Bioscience, a U.S. publicly traded company, is a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of specialized products, primarily apparatus and scientific instruments used to advance life science research. Prior to joining Harvard Bioscience in 2013, Mr. Duchemin spent 16 years working for Becton Dickinson (BD) in progressive sales, marketing and executive leadership positions, across BD’s three business segments: BD Medical Systems, BD Diagnostic Systems and BD Biosciences. Until his departure to Harvard Bioscience, Mr. Duchemin was a Global Business Director for Corning Life Sciences. In this role, he maintained worldwide P&L and held cross-functional responsibility leading all market and business development initiatives, with international expertise in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Previous roles include Vice President, Sales at BD Discovery Labware, Director of Surgical Sales, Americas and BD Medical Ophthalmic Systems, regional business manager and strategic business manager.
Mr. Duchemin earned his B.S. degree in Accounting from UMass Dartmouth in 1989 and an MBA degree from Southern New Hampshire University in 2001. He is currently a member of the Boston College Chief Executives Club and a former board member of the Laboratory Products Association.
UMass President Marty Meehan will also be on campus for the start of the new academic year at the annual Convocation Breakfast Tuesday, September 1, at 8:30 a.m., at Lawrence Hall in Woodland Commons. This will be President Meehan’s first visit to the Dartmouth campus since his unanimous selection in May to lead the UMass system.
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