Honorary Degree & Chancellor’s Medal Recipients
2015 Honorary Degree Recipients
The University of Massachusetts Boston is proud to announce the 2015 honorees:
Jack M. Connors, Jr., Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa
Mr. Connors is a founding partner and chairman emeritus of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., a full-service marketing communications company that has evolved into one of the top 20 advertising firms in the United States. Active in Boston philanthropic organizations, Mr. Connors has served as a major force behind Camp Harbor View, the Campaign for Catholic Schools, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. He is an articulate advocate of Boston’s world-class hospitals and a passionate voice for greater lay participation in the Catholic Church.
Hubie Jones, Chancellor’s Medal
Mr. Jones is a vital member of the social justice movement in Boston. He has held numerous positions in academia, served on multiple boards, and played a key role in the formation, rebuilding, and leadership of at least 30 community organizations within the black community and across the city. He currently serves as senior adviser and social justice entrepreneur-in-residence at City Year, Inc., and dean emeritus of the Boston University School of Social Work.
Bernard Osher, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa
Mr. Osher started the Bernard Osher Foundation to improve the quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. Within its higher education portfolio, the foundation focuses on postsecondary scholarships, lifelong learning institutes, and integrative medicine centers in the United States and Sweden. Mr. Osher’s successful career includes purchasing the fine art auction house of Butterfield & Butterfield and overseeing its growth into the fourth largest auction house in the world, before selling it to eBay.
The Honorable Deval L. Patrick, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa
Mr. Patrick completed two terms as governor of Massachusetts in January. During his tenure, he funded public education at the highest levels in the history of the commonwealth and achieved nation-leading student performance. Targeted initiatives during his tenure that play to the commonwealth’s unique strengths, such as his landmark 10-year, $1 billion program to promote the state’s life sciences industry, have positioned the state as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals, and digital technology, and as a national leader in clean and alternative energy.
Zhang Haidi, Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters, Honoris Causa
Ms. Zhang is the chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation and the president of Rehabilitation International. She was paralyzed from the waist down following four operations to remove tumors from her spine at the age of five. She completed school and received a college education, mastered four foreign languages, and learned acupuncture through self-study. She also served as a volunteer teacher and health worker in remote communities and became a highly productive and award-winning author. Her life story and exceptional accomplishments have inspired several generations of Chinese youths and exemplify the ultimate triumph of the human spirit.