University announces honorary degree recipients

Deval L. Patrick

Salem State University announced today the names of nine individuals selected to receive honorary degrees at its commencement ceremonies this year. This represents the first year that Salem State will be conferring honorary degrees as a university.

Those receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the School of Graduate Studies commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 19, at 4 pm are:

  • Governor Deval Patrick, governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Patrick will also be the commencement speaker.
  • Elaine Marks, instrumental in the founding the university’s master’s degree program in social work
  • Ralph Kaplan, owner of Kappy’s Fine Wine & Liquors

Those receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, at 10 am are:

  • Margaret McKenna, president of The Walmart Foundation and former president of Lesley University. Ms. McKenna will also be the commencement speaker.
  • James Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council
  • James Crosby, founder Crosby’s Marketplace

Those receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the College of Health and Human Services and the Bertolon School of Business commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21, at 3 pm are:

  • David Fanning, founder and executive producer of Frontline. Mr. Fanning will also be the commencement speaker.
  • Pat Driscoll, COO of Girls, Inc.
  • Richard Bane, president and CEO of Bane Care Management LLC