Abraham Foxman, a worldwide leader in the fight against bigotry, financial services executive Joseph L. Hooley and health-care administrator Kate Walsh will speak during Commencement 2014 weekend.
Foxman will be the keynote speaker at the Law School ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Citi Performing Arts-Wang Center, in Boston's Theatre District. Foxman is the national director of the Anti-Defamation League. He is a Holocaust survivor who joined the ADL in 1965 and has devoted his life to fighting anti-Semitism, bigotry and discrimination throughout the world. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) also will give remarks. Markey served for 37 years in the U.S. House before being elected last year to fill the seat held by now-Secretary of State John Kerry. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Suffolk University in 2002 and this year will receive a special award recognizing his lifelong commitment to public service. The Law School also will grant honorary Doctor of Laws degrees to William Hubbard, president-elect of the American Bar Association; Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and Cedric Cromwell, tribal council chairman for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts.
Hooley, chairman, president and CEO of the State Street Corporation, will speak at the Sawyer Business School ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on the Boston waterfront. During his tenure at State Street, he has helped build and strengthen units involved in a variety of tasks, from data and shareholder services to acquisitions and corporate technology. He positioned State Street as a global leader in providing financial services to institutional investors. Hooley will receive an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree. John Harthorne, chief executive officer for MassChallenge, Inc., a start-up accelerator that provides support to entrepreneurs around the world, will receive an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree at the Business School exercises. Financial executive Robert C. Pozen, former chairman of MFS Investment Management and a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, will receive an honorary Doctor of Business degree.
Walsh, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center, will speak at the College of Arts & Sciences commencement at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on the Boston waterfront. She has improved access to quality health care for some of the poorest patients in Massachusetts in addition to strengthening the hospital's finances and operations to ensure the long-range stability of clinical care and medical education programs. Walsh will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The College also will grant a posthumous honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Sam Berns, who made a significant contribution to science through his willingness to shed light on Progeria while inspiring people to live life to the fullest. Beverly A. Morgan-Welch, executive director of the Museum of African American History, who has worked diligently to tell the stories of emancipated and liberated black communities in New England, will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.