Congressman, Habitat of Humanity International CEO Commencement Speakers for Framingham State

FRAMINGHAM – ​Framingham​ ​State​ ​University​ announced today, April 11, that ​U.S.​ ​Congressman  Seth​ ​Moulton​ ​will​ ​give​ ​the​ ​graduate​ ​commencement​ ​address​ ​this​ ​spring,​ ​while​ ​Habitat​ ​for Humanity​ ​CEO​ ​Jonathan​ ​T.M.​ ​Reckford​ ​will​ ​give​ ​the​ ​undergraduate​ ​commencement​ ​address.  
 
Both​ ​ceremonies​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​Sunday,​ ​May​ ​21​,​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Framingham​ ​Town​ ​Green.  
 
“We​ ​are​ ​honored​ ​to​ ​host​ ​two​ ​truly​ ​distinguished​ ​public​ ​servants​ ​as​ ​our​ ​commencement speakers​ ​this​ ​spring,”​ ​said​ ​FSU​ ​President​ ​F.​ ​Javier​ ​Cevallos.  

Congressman​ ​Moulton​ ​will​ ​address​ ​Framingham​ ​State’s​ ​graduate​ ​students​ ​during​ ​a​ ​ceremony  that​ ​begins​ ​at​ ​9:30​ ​a.m.​ ​A​ ​graduate​ ​of​ ​Harvard​ ​University​ ​and​ ​former​ ​Captain​ ​in​ ​the​ ​U.S. Marines​ ​Corps,​ ​Congressman​ ​Moulton​ ​served​ ​four​ ​tours​ ​of​ ​duty​ ​in​ ​Iraq,​ ​including​ ​two​ ​as​ ​an infantry​ ​platoon​ ​commander​ ​and​ ​two​ ​as​ ​a​ ​Special​ ​Assistant​ ​to​ ​General​ ​David​ ​Petraeus.​ ​He​ ​has focused​ ​his​ ​first​ ​term​ ​in​ ​Congress​ ​on​ ​spurring​ ​economic​ ​growth​ ​for​ ​Massachusetts​ ​families, ensuring​ ​that​ ​we​ ​make​ ​informed​ ​decisions​ ​about​ ​our​ ​national​ ​security,​ ​and​ ​improving​ ​veterans’  health​ ​care​ ​through​ ​the​ ​VA,​ ​where​ ​he​ ​continues​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​his​ ​own​ ​care.​ ​He​ ​currently​ ​sits​ ​on​ ​the House​ ​Armed​ ​Services​ ​Committee​ ​and​ ​the​ ​House​ ​Committee​ ​on​ ​Budget.  

 
“I​ ​know​ ​that​ ​our​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​inspired​ ​by​ ​Congressman​ ​Moulton’s​ ​record​ ​of​ ​service​ ​to​ ​our country​ ​during​ ​both​ ​his​ ​time​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Marine​ ​Corps,​ ​and​ ​now​ ​as​ ​an​ ​elected​ ​official,”​ ​President Cevallos​ ​said.
 
During​ ​the​ ​ceremony,​ ​Framingham​ ​State​ ​will​ ​confer​ ​upon​ ​Moulton​ ​the​ ​honorary​ ​degree​ ​of  Doctor​ ​of​ ​Public​ ​Service. 
 

Habitat​ ​for​ ​Humanity​ ​CEO​ ​Jonathan​ ​Reckford​ ​will​ ​address​ ​the​ ​undergraduate​ ​students​ ​during the​ ​afternoon​ ​ceremony,​ ​which​ ​begins​ ​at​ ​2​ ​p.m.​ ​Reckford​ ​has​ ​been​ ​CEO​ ​of​ ​Habitat​ ​for Humanity​ ​International​ ​since​ ​2005​ ​and​ ​has​ ​overseen​ ​remarkable​ ​growth​ ​at​ ​the​ ​organization. 

Guided​ ​by​ ​Reckford’s​ ​vision,​ ​leadership,​ ​and​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​service,​ ​Habitat​ ​for​ ​Humanity​ ​has significantly​ ​increased​ ​the​ ​number​ ​of​ ​people​ ​it​ ​is​ ​able​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​on​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​basis.  
 
 
Today,​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​works​ ​in​ ​1,400​ ​communities​ ​across​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​and​ ​approximately  70​ ​countries​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​The​ ​group​ ​has​ ​helped​ ​9.8​ ​million​ ​people​ ​achieve​ ​strength, stability​ ​and​ ​independence​ ​through​ ​safe,​ ​decent​ ​and​ ​affordable​ ​shelter.​ ​Prior​ ​to​ ​taking​ ​over​ ​as the​ ​organization’s​ ​CEO,​ ​Reckford​ ​had​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​business​ ​career​ ​that​ ​saw​ ​him​ ​hold​ ​executive and​ ​managerial​ ​positions​ ​at​ ​Goldman​ ​Sachs,​ ​Marriott,​ ​the​ ​Walt​ ​Disney​ ​Co.,​ ​and​ ​Best​ ​Buy. 
 
“Almost​ ​everyone​ ​is​ ​familiar​ ​with​ ​the​ ​great​ ​work​ ​and​ ​outstanding​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​Habitat​ ​for Humanity,”​ ​said President​ ​Cevallos.​ ​“The​ ​Framingham​ ​State​ ​community​ ​is​ ​deeply​ ​committed​ ​to service​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​many​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students,​ ​faculty​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​have​ ​had​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to volunteer​ ​with​ ​this​ ​wonderful​ ​non-profit.​ ​I​ ​know​ ​we​ ​are​ ​all​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​hear​ ​from​ ​Mr.​ ​Reckford,​ ​who has​ ​done​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​leading​ ​the​ ​organization.” 
 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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