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Lasell College Holds 156th Commencement

May 18, 2010

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College held its 156th commencement exercises Sunday, granting 223 Baccalaureate degrees and 34 Master's degrees, before an audience packed with family, friends, and members of the Lasell community.

Commencement speaker Josh Kraft, Nicholas President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, delivered a speech that asked students to consider the impact that strong relationships and human kindness can have.

Kraft related his message to the community service participation of Lasell students - 40 percent of the student body - and also to several stories from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.

"Isn't that what community service is all about? Harnessing the power of relationships, and coming together in difficult times to support one-another," said Kraft, who received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College.

Kraft also acknowledged the efforts by his parents, Robert and Myra Kraft - who were in the audience - who make a positive impact in the community as well. He noted their involvement in Patriots Community MVP awards, which recognizes exemplary volunteers and their chosen non profits from around New England.

"Winston Churchill once said, ‘We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.' My family has always tried to live according to these words," Kraft said.

Kraft concluded with advice to the Class of 2010 to remember that ability to connect as humans and sustain each other through relationships is why we are all here today.

The audience also heard messages from Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander, who encouraged the graduates to treat each other with kindness - building on the College's civility theme of this past academic year.

Class of 2010 undergraduate student speaker Heather Oblon and graduate student speaker Charlene Tice McCabe also addressed the graduating class reminding students to savor the memories they have of Lasell.

The commencement exercises also honored two faculty members and one staff member for excellence in educational leadership and a special honorary degree was given to Lasell alumna Harriet "Honey" Markham Wedeman, '48.

 

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