AASCU President Muriel Howard to Deliver 2011 UMass Boston Commencement Address

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Howard will be joined by NCAA Championship winning basketball coach James Calhoun, Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino, and others at the University of Massachusetts Boston's 43rd commencement ceremonies Friday, June 3.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley today announced that Muriel Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), will deliver the principal address at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s 43rd commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 3, 2011.

Dr. Howard was named president of AASCU in April 2009. She is the first African American to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C. She is also AASCU’s first female president.

She will be joined by James C. Calhoun, head coach of the University of Connecticut’s NCAA Championship winning basketball team, who will receive a Chancellor’s Medal, and honorary degree recipients Larry Lucchino, president and CEO of the Red Sox; Charles Rose, senior vice president and dean of City Year; and Frances West, director of the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center.

“Dr. Howard has a deep understanding of the value of public higher education and has been an important advocate for state colleges and universities at the national level,” Chancellor Motley said. “We will be honored by her presence.”

More than 3,600 graduates and their families are expected to fill the Campus Center Circle Lawn for the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony.

The following medals and degrees will be awarded:

Muriel Howard, Chancellor’s Medal
Dr. Howard is being awarded for her outstanding contributions and commitment to public higher education, educational leadership, community, and diversity. As president of the AASCU, she has worked to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities. Dr. Howard is formerly the president of Buffalo State College, State University of New York.

James C. Calhoun, Chancellor’s Medal
Having just completed his 25th season as head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies, Coach Calhoun has established himself as perhaps the greatest program builder in college basketball history. He recently led the Huskies to a 2011 NCAA National Championship, his third national championship with the team. Before coming to UConn, the Braintree native coached basketball at Northeastern University.

Larry Lucchino, Doctor of Laws Degree, Honoris Causa
Mr. Lucchino was named president and CEO of the Red Sox in 2002. He is a veteran of 32 years in Major League Baseball, previously serving as president and CEO of the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres. He has won rings with each franchise. Over the course of a ten-year project, Mr. Lucchino has helped to oversee many changes to preserve, protect, and improve Fenway Park.

Charles Rose, Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa
Currently senior vice president and dean of City Year, Mr. Rose has served as a youth worker, organizer, and entrepreneur in Boston for over 30 years. One of the founding board members of City Year, he joined the staff as vice president of community partnerships in 1992 and had helped position it as a national model for youth community service organizations.

Frances West, Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa
Mrs. West serves as the worldwide director of the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center, where she advances IBM market leadership by driving technology innovation and solution development in the area of human ability and accessibility. Since taking on her position, she has become a globally recognized expert in enabling human ability through accessible information and communications technology.

About the University of Massachusetts Boston
With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s eight colleges and graduate schools serve more than 15,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit http://www.umb.edu


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