DeLeo, who is currently serving his second term as Massachusetts House speaker, will address bachelor’s degree recipients from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education at 10 a.m. on May 19.
Feinberg will address the graduates from the College of Health and Human Services and the Bertolon School of Business at 3 p.m. on May 19.
Feinberg is currently the claims facility administrator for the Gulf Coast Claims Facility set up after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also served as special master of the federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which distributed nearly $7 billion to more than 5,000 victims and their families. He was also the administrator of the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, which benefited victims' families of the 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting.
A Brockton native, Feinberg earned a history degree from the University of Massachusetts, followed by a law degree from New York University. He served as Massachusetts senator Edward M. Kennedy’s chief of staff in the latter half of the 1970s. He works at the U.S. Treasury Department as special master for the Executive Compensation Troubled Asset Relief (TARP ) program.
Molly Baldwin, founder and executive director of Roca Inc., will speak at the university’s School of Graduate Studies commencement ceremonies at 4 p.m. on May 17.
Baldwin founded Roca in 1988 to address teen pregnancy prevention and violence in Chelsea. Since then, the organization has helped more than 25,000 young people make positive, profound changes in their lives, created a nationally acclaimed model of transformational relationships as a vehicle for youth development and pioneered effective local, regional and national relationships with government, state, religious, health, and community partners in Chelsea, Revere, East Boston and Springfield.
In 2010, she was named a ‘Woman of Excellence’ by Germaine Lawrence, a Boston-area treatment facility for girls ages 12 to 18 with complex behavioral, psychological and learning challenges. Baldwin is also a recipient of the Boston Ten Point Coalition Award, the Fraternidad Guatemalteca de Massachusetts Recognition Award, the Instituto de Salud Latina Award, and the American Medical Association National Congress on Adolescent Health Award for Excellence in Intervention.
Dennis Drinkwater. a Salem State alumnus who is the founder and president of Giant Glass, will receive an honorary degree this spring as well. Drinkwater was named a distinguished alumnus of the university in 2002, and has been chosen “man of the year” by two charities in which he is actively involved, the Eastern Massachusetts Association for Retarded Children and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Reverend Arthur T. Gerald Jr., pastor of Boston’s 12th Street Baptist Church and retired associate dean, student life at Salem State University, will also be presented an honorary degree.
Salem resident Patricia Zaido, executive director of the Salem Partnership and former director of the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at Salem State University, will be presented an honorary degree at the morning undergraduate commencement.
Salem State University’s three commencement ceremonies are ticketed events and are not open to the general public.
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