Secretary of Education and Chancellor Motley to Deliver UMass Boston Convocation Addresses

Office of Communications | September 13, 2016
Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Secretary of Education James Peyser will speak on Thursday.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley and Secretary of Education James Peyser will speak on Thursday.
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Chancellor J. Keith Motley will deliver an address on excellence on Thursday, September 15 at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom as part of UMass Boston's 2016 Fall Convocation.

Secretary of Education James Peyser will take the stage at 11 a.m. A student barbecue at the Integrated Sciences Complex will follow the speaking program. At 2 p.m., UMass Boston's newest students will receive their Class of 2020 pins during the freshman investiture ceremony in the Campus Center Ballroom. They will also hear from keynote speaker Colin Beavan, the author of No Impact Man.

Peyser directs the Executive Office of Education, which is responsible for early education, K-12, and higher education in Massachusetts. Secretary Peyser sits on the boards governing each of the commonwealth’s education agencies – the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Higher Education – as well as the University of Massachusetts system. He is Governor Baker’s top advisor on education and helps shape the commonwealth’s education reform agenda.

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