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Framingham State announces winter commencement speakers

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 12, 2012 03:35 PM

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Framingham State University announced today that Richard Freeland, the Massachusetts commissioner of higher education, and Nicholas Racheotes, a Framingham State history professor, will deliver commencement speeches during its 2013 winter commencement ceremonies.

“Commissioner Freeland and Dr. Racheotes are both distinguished scholars who have achieved high levels of success in their chosen fields,” Framingham State President Timothy J. Flanagan said in a statement. “We are pleased and honored to have them speak during winter commencement. I’m confident our graduates will find their personal stories inspiring.”

Racheotes, who will serve as the undergraduate commencement speaker, teaches European intellectual history and Russian and Eastern European history. He has published numerous scholarly reviews and articles. He has co-authored two books, The Massachusetts Constitution: A Citizen's Guide in 1987 with George Jarnis, and Masters of War Makers of Peace in 1985 with Joseph Harrington. He has also co-edited Life Lines: Perspectives on Russian and European Culture, Society, and Politics in 2001 with Hugh Guilderson. Racheotes is also a research associate at the Davis Center for Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.

Freeland, who will serve as the graduate commencement speaker, was appointed Commissioner of Higher Education by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the Commonwealth and its citizens.

Previously, Freeland served as president of Northeastern University for 10 years, from August 1996 to August 2006. Under his leadership, Northeastern pursued excellence as a national research university that is student-centered, practice-oriented and urban.

Both ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2013, in the Dwight Performing Arts Center.

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