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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University announced today, March 23, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley has been selected as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on May 21.

Congresswoman Pressley has represented the Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District since 2019.

Raised in Chicago as the only child of an activist mother who instilled in her the value of civic participation, Pressley has made history twice in Massachusetts as the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council (2009) and to Congress (2018).

She currently serves on the House Committee on Financial Services.

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“Congresswoman Pressley is an inspirational leader who has dedicated her life to public service, advocating for bold, progressive change and empowering the next generation to lead with courage and conviction,” said Framingham State University President Nancy S. Niemi. “She champions causes in support of those who have been marginalized by our society, including immigrants, survivors of sexual violence, seniors, and the disabled. We are honored and thrilled to have her join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2023.”

In addition to her work in Congress, Pressley has also turned her experience living with alopecia into action, becoming a leading voice fighting to raise awareness and support for the alopecia community across the nation.

During the ceremony, Framingham State University will confer upon Congresswoman Pressley an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

The 2023 undergraduate Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, at the DCU Center in Worcester.

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