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U.S. Rep. John Lewis Speaks at UMass Lowell


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Jack Kerouac Receives Posthumous Honorary Degree

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2007 9:30 a.m.

WHAT:  U.S. Rep. and civil rights leader John Lewis will address nearly 2,000 graduates at UMass Lowell’s commencement.  Lowell’s own Jack Kerouac will be awarded an honorary degree posthumously.

Also receiving honorary degrees are Donald LaTorre, president of L&G Management Consultants, and Phillip Leder, professor and chair of the department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.

UMass Lowell Chancellor David J. MacKenzie will preside over the festivities. Incoming Chancellor Marty Meehan will be on hand to introduce commencement speaker Lewis, who he personally invited to speak.

Lowell resident Mark Saab ’81 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award.

WHERE: Edward A. LeLacheur Park, Lowell, MA.

ADDITIONAL:  Following the University-wide commencement ceremonies, receptions for each college will be held in various locations throughout the campus.  Additional information is available at

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