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Once again we find ourselves at Commencement – the time for reflection and praise is upon us. This Commencement is special for many reasons. It features one of Becker’s largest graduating classes ever. This is a testament to the transformational education Becker provides and I wish the best of luck to the Class of 2017. We are also celebrating our first class of candidates for a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
This Commencement caps off an extraordinary year at Becker. We have experienced success with a renewed focus on our academic ethos, the Agile Mindset. Many stories have come across my desk of students creating value and making social impact locally and abroad. In this light, our Commencement speaker and Honors Convocation speaker are excellent ambassadors of learning agility. Cliff Rucker, founding president of NFS Leasing, NEXL, and owner of the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, will deliver our Commencement address. Mr. Rucker is a long-time entrepreneur who has embarked on a journey to revitalize Worcester through business development and social impact. At Honors Convocation, CEO and president of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Manny Lopes, will share his thoughts on community and creating opportunities for all. Both Rucker and Lopes will receive honorary degrees, making them forever part of the Becker family.
As you may know, this will be my last Commencement at Becker. It is bittersweet for my family and I because we have come so far together. At this time of year, there is a palpable sense of anticipation and joy on campus, everyone cherishing all that they have achieved. I will carry this feeling with me as I deliver my final Commencement remarks. I am proud of all that we have accomplished. Whether it is our latest Game Design rankings from The Princeton Review, the large number of Animal Studies graduates, or our #1 first-time pass rate on the Nursing licensure exam, Becker is thriving. I will be excited to see the College reach new heights under the able leadership of my colleague and friend, Dr. Nancy Crimmin.
The future of Becker is bright. Though I will not be here to share it with you, I hope you all know that I will be applauding every future success. Thank you for seven great years.
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Becker College