Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to Receive Honorary Degree at Suffolk University Commencement

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Suffolk University will award an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree to Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis during College of Arts and Sciences commencement exercises at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Bank of America Pavilion on the Boston waterfront.

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Commissioner Davis clearly looks at policing as a way of helping people, which he has shown by building bridges throughout the communities he serves.

Suffolk University will award an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree to Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis during College of Arts and Sciences commencement exercises at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Bank of America Pavilion on the Boston waterfront.

As a law enforcement leader, Davis is noted for successful community engagement resulting in decreasing crime rates, both in Boston, where he took command in 2006, and in the Lowell Police Department, where he began his career in 1978 and rose through the ranks to become chief.

His crisis management skills came to the fore in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Davis coordinated closely with the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate the crime, while offering a reassuring voice of authority in statements to the public.

“Commissioner Davis clearly looks at policing as a way of helping people, which he has shown by building bridges throughout the communities he serves,” said Suffolk University President James McCarthy. “His calm but firm leadership in the recent crisis serves as a positive model to our graduates as they launch their careers and become leaders in their communities and workplaces.”

Davis has worked closely with Suffolk University to develop a Public Safety Leadership and Management certificate program through the Sawyer Business School’s Moakley Center for Public Management.

The University will award a total of 10 honorary degrees during three commencement ceremonies. Additional honorees are:

Suffolk University College of Arts and Sciences:

·     Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group, which owns the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Gillette Stadium, among other assets, will speak and be honored with a Doctor of Public Service degree.
·     Award-winning author, historian and public television personality David McCullough will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.
·     Karen Kaplan of Hill Holliday, who rose from receptionist to president of one of the nation’s largest advertising firms, will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

Sawyer Business School:

·     Paul Fireman, the chair of Fireman Capital Partners and founder of Reebok, will receive an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree.
·     James T. Brett, MPA '76, president and CEO of The New England Council and an advocate for public policy issues such as health care, education, financial services and energy, will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.
·     Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank and a tireless advocate for the hungry for more than three decades, will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service.

Suffolk University Law School:

·     Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball and The Chris Matthews Show on NBC, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
·     Journalist and lawyer Jim Braude, anchor of Broadside: The News with Jim Braude, a news and analysis show on NECN, and co-host of Boston Public Radio on WGBH, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
·     The Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., who serves the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He was in private practice and then served as chief of the Narcotics Bureau in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey before he was appointed to the federal bench in 1996.

Suffolk University, located in historic downtown Boston, with an international campus in Madrid, is a student-centered institution distinguished by excellence in education and scholarship. Suffolk University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 90 areas of study. Its mission is to empower graduates to be successful locally, regionally, and globally.

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