Honorary Degree Recipients and Distinguished Guests

  • Deepak  Chopra
    Honorary Degree Recipient, Commencement Speaker

    A world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, Deepak Chopra is founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality. 

  • Ron Insana
    Honorary Degree Recipient, Commencement Speaker

    A highly respected business journalist and money manager for nearly three decades, Ron Insana is a senior analyst and contributor to CNBC and MSNBC, where he discusses the most-pressing economic and market issues of the day. 

  • William Moylan
    Doctoral Commencement Speaker

    As professor of music, a recording engineer, an author, composer and most recently, as UMass Lowell’s Distinguished University Professor for 2019-22, William Moylan has sought to find the art in sound.

  • Noelle Lambert '19
    Commencement Speaker

    Noelle Lambert '19, a standout freshman lacrosse player for UMass Lowell, lost her leg in an accident and then founded The Born to Run Foundation, which provides amputees with prosthetics that will allow them to run again.

  • Larry Siegel
    Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding University Support

    For over three decades, Larry Siegel displayed tireless dedication and unyielding commitment to generations of students, which resulted in the development of a nationally recognized student affairs division.

  • Market Basket
    Chancellor’s Medal for Public Service and Civic Engagement

    From its humble beginnings in 1917, Market Basket has grown to one of New England’s largest and most influential supermarkets. At UMass Lowell, Market Basket has been a major contributor of student scholarships and is a leading employer for thousands of students.