Becker College Announces 2018 Commencement, Honors Convocation Speakers

Published on Monday, March 19th, 2018

Becker College President Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D., announced that Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will address graduates during the College’s 2018 Commencement ceremony.  Lt. Gov. Polito, the Commonwealth’s 72nd Lieutenant Governor, will be awarded an Honorary Degree during the ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m., at the DCU Center in Worcester.

“We are honored to welcome the Lieutenant Governor to Becker as our 2018 commencement speaker,” said President Crimmin. “She is a very dedicated and knowledgeable figure in the state’s government who has been deeply committed to public service, and to the education of children, the health and welfare of families, and the sustainable growth of Massachusetts communities.”

Lt. Gov. Polito, a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, MA, began her public service career in local government, serving as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen and then as a state representative for five terms. She chairs the Community Compact Cabinet, which elevates the administration’s partnerships with local governments and promotes best practices, and the Seaport Economic Council, which works with coastal communities to leverage their unique assets to drive sustainable growth. Lt. Gov. Polito is a strong advocate for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, and chairs the Governor’s Council to address these important issues.  Additionally, she co-chairs the STEM Advisory Council to ensure that all students have access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics courses with the goal of preparing them for careers in those fields and closing the skills gap.

On Friday, May 4, the College will hold its annual Honors Convocation to recognize students who achieved outstanding academic success during their time at Becker. Sam Vaghar, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Millennium Campus Network, will be the speaker, and will receive an Honorary Degree at the College’s Commencement. Also being recognized with an Honorary Degree at Commencement are Eric Schwarz, Co-Founder and CEO of the College for Social Innovation, and Dr. Gregory Pogue, Class of 1970, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The College of New Jersey.