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Area college commencements

May 23, 2011

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Amherst College
Main quadrangle
Speaker: President Anthony W. Marx
Graduates: 482
Degrees conferred: Bachelor of arts
Honorary degrees: John Abele ’59, founder of the Boston Scientific Corp.; Adam Falk, president of Williams College; Andrew Kendall ’83, president of the nonprofit Trustees of Reservations; Christine Lagarde, minister of economy, finance, and industry for France; Gail Kern Paster, outgoing director of the Folger Shakespeare Library; Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank; Alice Waters, chef and restaurateur; and Kimmie Weeks ’05, founder and director of Youth Action International

Boston University
Nickerson Field
Speaker: Katie Couric, former anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News
Graduates: 6,400
Honorary degrees: Couric, doctor of humane letters; activist Victoria Reggie Kennedy, doctor of laws; Jacques Pépin, TV chef, author, and BU lecturer, doctor of humane letters; Frank Stella, painter, doctor of fine arts; Nina Totenberg, radio and television journalist, doctor of humane letters; and Ahmed Zewail, chemist and physicist, doctor of science

Brandeis University
Gosman Sports and Convocation Center
Speaker: David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times
Graduates: 776 undergraduate students, 783 graduate students, 88 PhDs, 23 certificates
Honorary degrees: Brooks; Thomas Buergenthal, international human rights expert; Nancy Gertner, federal judge; Yo-Yo Ma, classical cellist; Errol Morris, filmmaker; Jehuda Reinharz, president of Brandeis

Clark University
Jefferson Academic Center Green
Speaker: Alan Khazei, founder and chief executive of Be the Change Inc. and cofounder of City Year
Graduates: 524 undergraduates, 486 graduates, 35 PhDs
Degrees conferred: Doctor of philosophy, master of business administration, master of science in finance, master of arts in liberal arts, master of public administration, master of science in information technology, master of science in professional communication, master of arts in education, master of arts in teaching, bachelor of arts, and bachelor of science
Honorary degrees: Khazei; John Bassett, president of Heritage University and past Clark University president; Jack Dangermond, founding president of Environmental Systems Research Institute; Shirley Brice Heath, linguistic anthropologist and research professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

Framingham State University
Framingham Town Common
Speaker: Henri Termeer, president, chairman, and chief executive of Genzyme Corp.
Graduates: 735 undergraduates, 449 graduates
Degrees conferred: Bachelor of art, bachelor of science
Honorary degrees: Termeer; David B. Perini, retired commissioner of the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts
Speaker: Okwui Enwezor, art critic and curator
Graduates: 153 undergraduates, 80 graduates

Stonehill College
Quadrangle lawn
Speaker: Mary Richardson, former coanchor of WCVB’s “Chronicle’’
Graduates: 603
Degrees conferred: Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and the B.S.B.A.
Honorary degrees: Richardson, honorary doctor of humane letters; Manthala “Matt’’ George ’62, doctor of education; Robert Ruggiero ’83, doctor of fine arts; Brother Herman Zaccarelli, C.S.C., doctor of business administration

Suffolk University
Boston Convention Center
Speaker: Jeff Glor, CBS “Early Show’’ news anchor
Graduates: 1,303

Suffolk University Law School
Boston Convention Center
Speakers: Bill Bratton, police and security expert, and his wife, Rikki Klieman, television legal analyst
Graduates: 450 juris doctor, 15 master of law degrees
Honorary degrees: Bratton, honorary doctor of law; Klieman, honorary doctor of law; David Z. Chesnoff, Goodman and Chesnoff, honorary doctor of law; John E. Fenton Jr., professor of law and former dean of Suffolk Law School, retired chief administrative justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court, honorary doctor of law; Therese Murray, president of the Massachusetts Senate, honorary doctor of law

Tufts University
Green at Tufts Medford/Somerville Campus
Speaker: Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduates: 3,377
Honorary degrees: Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Jamaica Kincaid, award-winning writer; Pamela Omidyar, Tufts alumnus and social justice advocate; Pierre Omidyar, Tufts alumnus, founder and chairman of eBay; Robert Solow, Nobel laureate in economics, adviser to President John F. Kennedy, and recipient of the National Medal of Science

University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater
Speaker: Jack M. Wilson, president of the University of Massachusetts
Graduates: 1,589
Degrees conferred: Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of fine arts
Honorary degrees: Janine Benyus, president of Biomimicry Institute; David MacKenzie, music director of New Bedford Symphony Orchestra; Richard Ward, former dean of Charlton College of Business