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Boston Draws Top-Notch Commencement Speakers

With graduation right around the corner, there is one big question is on every graduate’s mind: who will be the commencement speaker?

This week Boston College announced that Secretary of State and former Senator John Kerry will address graduates on May 19.

BC is not the only university in Boston with a notable political speaker. Northeastern University will host Janet Napolitano, former Secretary of Homeland Security. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, will address Harvard graduates.

Jay Leno. Photo courtesy of Michael Albov/Wikimedia Commons.

Jay Leno
Photo courtesy of Michael Albov/Wikimedia Commons

Emerson College will be hosting Jay Leno, who graduated with a degree in speech therapy in 1973.

Ellen Kullman, CEO and Chair of the Board of DuPont, will speak in front of MIT grads on June 5.

Tory Burch, CEO and designer of the self-titled brand, will address undergraduates at Babson.

Kenneth Feinberg will deliver the Commencement address for Emmanuel College. As an administrator for the One Fund which assists those affected by the tragedy of the 2013 Boston Marathon, Feinberg’s presence is notable for the Boston area.

Fisher College will Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, who are important figures from the Marathon bombing. The two were captured in a photo as Arredondo assisted Bauman who lost both of his legs.

Not all commencement speakers have been welcomed with open arms, however. Many students at Suffolk University are protesting the selection of Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League. Students cite Foxman’s failure to recognize Armenian genocide and opposition to building an Islamic community center near the World Trade Center site as contrary to the university’s values.


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