March 15, 2017

Inbox [March 15]: Assumption names commencement speaker and honorees, Becker adds to fundraising office, WCAC names 5 to board, UMass Medical among tops in NIH funding, Easter baskets wanted for children in care

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Assumption names centennial commencement speaker, honorees

In May Assumption College will celebrate its centennial commencement, an event that has evolved and grown tremendously, from two graduates in the Class of 1917 to nearly 700 in the Class of 2017 who will receive an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree or certificate of advanced graduate study.

To commemorate the milestone, John L. Allen Jr., editor of Crux, a publication that focuses on news of the Vatican and Catholic Church, will deliver the address at the 100th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 14, at the DCU Center.

Allen, Mary Lou Jennings, executive director of the Sister Thea Bowman Black Catholic Educational Foundation, and Roberta Schaefer, Ph.D., founder and former president of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau, will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony recognizing their dedicated work to community service and living lives that reflect the values of the college’s mission that include critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service.

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