Commencement Speakers

Billy Star

School of Graduate Studies Commencement

Thursday, May 15, 4 pm—Rockett Arena, O’Keefe Center

Speaker and honorary degree recipient

Billy Starr, founder and executive director, Pan-Mass Challenge, the most successful athletic charity event in the country

  • A natural leader and dedicated athlete, Starr has taken his talents and energy to lead the annual Pan-Mass Challenge into the largest nationwide athletic fundraiser. For 34 years, this annual event has generated millions of dollar for cancer research.
Joseph Andruzzi

College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education Commencement

Saturday, May 17, 10 am—Rockett Arena, O’Keefe Center

Speaker and honorary degree recipient

Joe Andruzzi, president, Joe Andruzzi Foundation; New England Patriots assistant coach and former offensive guard; champion for pediatric cancer research and patient support

  • Andruzzi’s success on the gridiron has only been matched by his acclaim as a passionate philanthropist. As a cancer survivor, he leads the eponymous foundation that funds patient assistance and research into the nature of pediatric brain tumors.
Edward Markey

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

Saturday, May 17, 3 pm—Rockett Arena, O’Keefe Center

Speaker and honorary degree recipient

The Honorable Edward J. Markey, U.S. senator from Massachusetts; advocate for clean energy, the environment and consumer protection

  • Senator Markey has been a member of Congress since 1973. His tenure has included leadership in environmental, technology and energy issues. An advocate for containing student loan rates, he is on the forefront of improving veteran services.