Commencement Speakers

Salem State University today announced the selection of a nationally recognized activist, advocate and reformer, a global reformer and communication strategist and the host of a nationally syndicated radio program on the law as its 2016 commencement speakers. 

Honorary degrees will be conferred on each speaker as well as on three additional recipients.

School of Graduate Studies

4 pm Thursday, May, 19 at the Rockett Arena, Richard B. O’Keefe Complex, 225 Canal Street, Salem

Commencement speaker: Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund

418 anticipated graduates

Honorary degree recipients: Edelman and Michael Evans, Democratic chief counsel, United States Senate Committee on Finance; partner, K&L Gates

College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education

10 am Saturday, May 21 at the Rockett Arena, Richard B. O’Keefe Complex, 225 Canal Street, Salem

Commencement speaker: Micho Spring, president of Weber Shandwick-New England region and chair of its global corporate practice 

745 anticipated graduates

Honorary degree recipients: Spring and James Rudolph Esq., managing partner, Rudolph Friedmann LLP

College of Health and Human Services and the Bertolon School of Business 

3 pm Saturday, May 21 at the Rockett Arena, Richard B. O’Keefe Complex, 225 Canal Street

Commencement speaker: Neil Chayet Esq., host of “Looking at the Law” 

627 anticipated graduates

Honorary degree recipients: Chayet and Leonard Campanello, chief of police in Gloucester and innovator of substance abuse help programs