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Worcester, MA 01609
Congratulations, Class of 2016!
On May 14, I bid farewell to the Class of 2016—the largest graduating class in the College’s more than 230-year history. The Becker College community will be forever grateful they chose to learn and grow with us.
What the Class of 2016 achieved over their time at Becker is impressive. They not only earned degrees in their chosen fields of study; they are also academic award honorees, leaders of distinction, dedicated student-athletes, and genuine, well-rounded individuals who have fulfilled our mission. They are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. As global citizens, who are dedicated to making the world better than they found it, I know what they will achieve in their personal and professional lives will be truly remarkable. Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
Becker College is Thriving
Last fall, we had the largest enrollment in the College’s 230-year history—2,153 students from across the nation and around the world. As we prepare students for the world of the future—for jobs that do not yet exist and to solve problems we have yet to identify, we continue our work of cultivating adaptive learners with agile mindsets—who can leverage empathy, divergent thinking, social and emotional intelligence, and an entrepreneurial outlook to succeed in a future that will be profoundly different from the past.
This year, Becker was selected for the fourth consecutive year as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review. Our game design program was ranked #5 in the world by The Princeton Review and has been top-ranked now for the seventh consecutive year—the only institution on the East Coast to maintain this longstanding distinction. We offer a first-in-the-nation bachelor’s degree in global citizenship—our first Global Citizenship major graduates this year—a master’s program in mental health counseling, and a recently-approved master of science in nursing (MSN) has launched. In addition, we are one of only a few institutions that offer on-campus teaching clinics to provide real-world, hands-on experience for our students, including a crime scene lab, health sciences SIM lab, and an animal clinic and mental health counseling clinic serving the public.
In April, internationally renowned Nobel Laureate and social business pioneer Muhammad Yunus travelled from Bangladesh to Worcester to deliver the keynote address at Becker’s second Presidential Speaker Series. It was a sold-out event, which signaled Becker’s debut on the global stage with the official launch of the Yunus Social Business Centre @ Becker College. The new centre, the first officially sanctioned such centre in the United States and the 15th worldwide, will empower individuals to identify world problems and create self-sustaining business solutions that have social impact.
We are proud of our transformational growth—and equally proud of the dedication of our students, faculty, and staff to making a difference in the lives of others—from our local neighbors to communities around the world. I encourage you to learn more about Becker, visit our campus, talk to our faculty, and discover for yourself why Becker is considered among the best institutions of higher education.
Read more about Becker in the online President’s Report*, “Small College Achieving Big Things.” Our achievements show the unity of our community, and our strong belief in the value of delivering to the world highly educated, responsible citizens.
Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.
President, Becker College
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