Originally posted at 2:45 p.m. Updated at 3:50 p.m. with quotes.
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University has invited the Mayor of Framingham to give the commencement address on Sunday, May 20 at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Mayor Spicer will be presented with the honoray degree of Doctor of Public Service at the ceremony.
This is the first Framingham State University commencement to be held in Worcester.
Spicer made history last year when she was elected the first mayor of the City of Framingham. She is also the first African American woman to be popularly elected as mayor in Massachusetts history, said the University in a press release.
A longtime educator, Spicer was most recently the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at Boston’s Museum of Science.
“FSU’s connection to Framingham dates back to 1853 so it’s truly an honor for us to host the very first mayor of the City of Framingham,” President F. Javier Cevallos says. “Dr. Spicer’s historic election captivated our community and her commitment to public service and education is inspiring. I know our graduates will be excited to hear from her.”
Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago will give the commencement address during the graduate ceremony at 2 p.m. that day.
Santiago was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker in July 2015. Working with the Board of Higher Education, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the Commonwealth and its citizens. On two separate occasions during his distinguished career, Santiago has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by
Hispanic Business magazine.
“Commissioner Santiago’s advocacy on behalf of students, particularly those from low-income education to more people in Massachusetts,” says President Cevallos. “We are honored to have him address our graduate students.”
Commissioner Santiago will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University during the graduate ceremony.