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Mayor Menino addresses group of top Boston College students

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 11, 2011 04:27 PM

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Mayor Menino addresses a group of Boston College students at the campus this week.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino told a gathering of top Boston College students this week that “education is the most important thing we can do in our society” and urged the undergraduates to use their own academic skills to help others do well in school, according to a release from the Chestnut Hill campus.

The 17-year mayor spoke at a gathering of Boston College’s Presidential Scholars – some of the top academic students at the Jesuit university.

“Our children’s future depends on their ability to have a chance to improve their education,” Menino told the group, according to the release. “Our city’s future also depends on that. Great cities need great economic diversity and great public schools to build it.

“We, as a city, have to work with [our children] to give them opportunities,” the mayor added. “I take it as my obligation.”

The scholars program, founded in 1991, is "a select group of outstanding students who take part in an integrated honors education experience during their four undergraduate years at BC," the release said. "The program embodies the best of the University and its Jesuit heritage of educational excellence in service to society."

In addition to their classroom curriculum, students in the program participate in a series of special lectures, cultural events and internship programs during their time as BC undergrads.

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