David Massad, Sr. to Give Becker College Commencement Address

Published on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

David “Duddie” Massad, Sr., a local and national business leader in the automobile, banking and real estate development industries, will deliver the keynote address at Becker College’s 219th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

Duddie began his business career at age 15 as a concessionaire at the White City Amusement Park, then opened his first automobile venture with a used-car dealership in the 1940s. He built several successful domestic and foreign car dealerships and owned Duddie Ford before selling the dealership in 2003.  He continues to serve as president of Diamond Chevrolet, Inc. of Worcester, Mass. and Wallingford Toyota of Wallingford, Conn.  Known for his contributions to the recovery and success of troubled businesses, Duddie purchased Commerce Bank in December 1993. Since that time, Commerce Bank has increased its assets from $120 million to $1.1 billion.  Duddie currently serves as chairman of Commerce Bancshares Corp., the holding company of Commerce Bank & Trust Company.

Born and raised in Worcester, Duddie has long endeavored to improve life for local citizens through economic development and philanthropic contributions.  The Duddie Massad Emergency and Trauma Center opened in 2006, funded by a $12.5 million personal gift. Duddie’s gift is the largest private donation in the history of UMass Memorial Hospital.   Additionally, through Commerce Bank, Duddie has committed $1 million to the renovation of Foley Stadium in Worcester.

This year, Becker College will award 175 bachelor degrees in the disciplines of graphic design, interior design, liberal arts, elementary education, psychology, early childhood education, business administration, computer information systems, financial accounting, management, marketing, sports management, criminal justice, legal studies, biology, exercise science, kinesiology and veterinary science. The College will also award 164 associate degrees in the disciplines of liberal arts, liberal studies, liberal studies, business administration, paralegal studies, early childhood education, nursing, animal care and veterinary technology.