UMass Boston’s 47th Commencement Today

Office of Communications | May 29, 2015
Faculty process into the TD Garden.

Faculty process into the TD Garden.

UMass Boston will graduate its largest class ever – 4,144 graduates – and honor a group of distinguished leaders with Chancellor's Medals and honorary degrees this morning at its 47th commencement ceremony in the TD Garden.

Com­mence­ment will be streamed live. You can follow the ceremony on Twitter and Insta­gram for updates throughout the morning and tweet and post using #UMB2015. Send your commencement photos to

The procession begins at 8:45 a.m. at TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Members of the Class of 2015 process into the TD Garden

Gina McCarthy ’76, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a UMass Boston alumna, will deliver the principal address and receive a Chancellor's Medal.

She will be joined by honorees Deval L. Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts; Jack M. Connors. Jr., a founding partner and chairman emeritus of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc.; community organizer and activist Hubie JonesBernard Osher, founder of the Bernard Osher Foundation; and Zhang Haidi, chairperson of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation and the president of Rehabilitation International.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley will present July Suarez, who earned her bachelor of arts in psychology, with the JFK Award, the university’s highest recognition for undergraduate achievement. Suarez will deliver the student address.

Three faculty members will receive Chancellor’s Awards: psychology professors Jean Rhodes and Erik Blaser and School for the Environment professor William Robinson for their distinguished scholarship, teaching, and service, respectively.

About UMass Boston
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve nearly 17,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit

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