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Commencement Eve Celebration Honors Student Leaders


Honorary Degree Recipients, Distinguished Alumni Recognized

Friday, May 29, 2009
5 p.m.

WHAT:  UMass Lowell’s Commencement speaker Harold Ford Jr., chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and former congressman from Tennessee, will join this year’s honorary degree recipients, the Distinguished Alumni Award winner and student leaders at a benefit for student scholarships on the evening before the graduation ceremony.

The Commencement Eve Celebration, open to the public, will include brief addresses by Ford and the four honorary degree recipients: Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers without Borders; George Duncan, chairman of Enterprise Bank; Chaz Maviyane-Davies, a professor and artist whose posters make powerful visual statements on social issues; and Robert Pozen, chairman of MFS Investments and a former Fidelity Investments top executive. Also speaking will be the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Kathleen Beaumont Allen ’77, who served as corporate vice president and chief financial officer of Billerica-based Millipore Corp., until her retirement in 2008.

The chairman of the Commencement Eve Host Committee, alumnus John Kennedy ’70, will welcome guests. Eighteen students receiving the Chancellor’s Medal for Academic Achievement, Community Service and Student Service will also be honored.

Admission is $100 per person and all proceeds will go to the UMass Lowell Scholars Fund, which assists students with tuition and other financial needs.

WHERE: Allen House, Two Solomont Way, Lowell. For directions and parking information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 978-934-3224.

ADDITIONAL:  Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 30, starting at 10 a.m. at the Tsongas Arena. A record number of 2,200 graduates are expected to receive bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. 

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224