Framingham Mayor To Receive Honorary Degree at Her Alma Mater

OSWEGO – The first mayor of the City of Framingham will receive an honorary degrees during SUNY Oswego’s Commencement ceremonies on May 18.

Speaking and receiving honorary doctorates in humane letters will be:

Mildred García, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, at the 9 a.m. ceremonies for Oswego’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Jeff Ragovin, a 2000 Oswego graduate and the chief growth officer of Social Native, at the 12:30 p.m., School of Business

Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer – a 1984/1985 Oswego graduate and a national advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education – at the 4 p.m., combined ceremony for the School of Communication, Media and the Arts and for the School of Education

This is the bio SUNY released with the announcement:

Yvonne Michelle Spicer, a 1984 alumna of SUNY Oswego who also earned a master’s degree from Oswego in 1985, was sworn in Jan. 1, 2018, as the first mayor of Framingham, Massachusetts, the same day Framingham officially became a city.

As the first African-American woman to be popularly elected mayor in the state of Massachusetts, Mayor Spicer is focused on establishing a transparent government that inspires community involvement from all citizens.

A leading national advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Mayor Spicer previously served as vice president for advocacy and educational partnerships at the Museum of Science, Boston, where she was known for building partnerships in STEM education with policymakers, school districts, municipalities, businesses and non-profit organizations. Prior to that, she was an administrator for Framingham and Newton public schools.

Appointed to the Massachusetts governor’s STEM Advisory Council in 2010 by Gov. Deval Patrick, she served as co-chair of the council’s Teacher Development Committee; she was re-appointed in 2017 by Gov. Charlie Baker, serving on the Computer Science and Engineering and the Career Pathways committees. Mayor Spicer also served on the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Office of the Treasurer Economic Empowerment Trust Fund and on the Standing Committee on Ways and Means. She served as 2018-19 president of the International Technology Engineering Education Association, an organization designed to build capacity for technology and engineering education globally. Mayor Spicer grew up in Brooklyn and has lived in Framingham 32 years.

An extraordinarily active and generous alumna of Oswego, she graduated with a bachelor’s in industrial arts and technology and a master’s in technology education. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Mayor Spicer was instrumental in establishing the 2001 Massachusetts technology/engineering curriculum framework and the first-ever K-12 assessment for technology and engineering. She has also served as an advisor/content expert to the National Governors Association. Mayor Spicer has been a consultant to numerous states on technology and engineering standards, strategic leadership development and business engagement.

SUNY Oswego’s three Commencement ceremonies will take place on May 18.

A live simulcast of the ceremonies will stream from a link that day available from the college’s homepage,

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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