Commencement speakers set to take stage in college-rich Massachusetts

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STATE HOUSE — Gov. Charlie Baker is slated to deliver six commencement speeches this year, according to communications from various universities, including an address at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., where his son is graduating.

Other speakers preparing to deliver commencement addresses in Massachusetts as this academic year comes to a close include U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Attorney General Maura Healey, First Lady Lauren Baker, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and Chief Justice Ralph Gants.

Here’s a partial list of the many addresses taking shape:

Northeastern University – School of Criminology & Criminal Justice: Attorney General MAURA HEALEY (Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m., Curry Student Center – rooms 442-448, 346 Huntington Ave., Boston)

Northeastern University – Undergraduate: U.S. Secretary of State JOHN KERRY (Friday, May 6, 10:30 a.m., TD Garden, Boston)

Northeastern University – Graduate: CHARLES ELACHI, director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Friday, May 6, 4 p.m., Matthews Arena, Boston)

UMass Amherst – Undergraduate: Twitter Director of Product Strategy WAYNE CHANG; the university will also present an honorary degree to former FDIC Chair Sheila Blair (Friday, May 6, 4:30 p.m., McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Hadley)

Berklee College of Music: Singer and actress RITA MORENO (Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., BU Agganis Arena)

Emerson College – Undergraduate: Novelist ALICE SEBOLD (Sunday, May 8, 10 a.m., BU Agganis Arena)

Nichols College: Gov. CHARLES BAKER (Sunday, May 8, 10:30 a.m., DCU Center, Worcester)

Emerson College – Graduate School: Boston Poet Laureate DANIELLE LEGROS GEORGES, a 1986 Emerson alumnus (Sunday, May 8, 3 p.m., BU Agganis Arena)

UMass Dartmouth – Charlton College of Business: Interim Chancellor PEYTON ‘RANDY’ HELM (Friday, May 13, 10 a.m., Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater, Dartmouth)

UMass Dartmouth – Colleges of Engineering, Nursing, and Visual & Performing Arts; School for Marine Science & Technology: National NAACP Chair ROSLYN BROCK (Friday, May 13, 2:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater, Dartmouth)

UMass Lowell – Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Graduate School of Education: PBS NewsHour co-anchor JUDY WOODRUFF (Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m., Tsongas Center, Lowell)

Worcester State University: Lt. Gov. KARYN POLITO; the university will present its annual community service award to former Worcester County District Attorney John Conte (Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m., DCU Center, Worcester)

UMass Dartmouth – College of Arts & Sciences: Three-term U.S. Poet Laureate ROBERT PINSKY (Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m., Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater, Dartmouth)

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology: JUMA CRAWFORD, executive director of the Grand Circle Foundation and the Lewis Family Foundation (Saturday, May 14)

Bridgewater State University – Ricciardi College of Business, Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics, College of Education and Allied Studies: U.S. Sen. ELIZABETH WARREN (Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m., Boyden Hall Quadrangle, Bridgewater)

Bridgewater State University – College of Humanities & Social Sciences: The New England Council President and CEO JAMES BRETT (Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m., Boyden Hall Quadrangle, Bridgewater)

Fisher College: Oregon Army National Guard Specialist ALEK SKARLATOS, who was awarded France’s Legion of Honour after he helped stop a terrorist attack aboard an Amsterdam-Paris train last August (Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m., John Hancock Hall – Back Bay Events Center, Boston)

Emmanuel College: Rev. LIZ WALKER, pastor of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church and former WBZ-TV news anchor (Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m., Emmanuel College campus, Boston)

UMass Lowell – College of Engineering, Kennedy College of Sciences, Manning School of Business, Intercampus Program: Boston Pops Conductor KEITH LOCKHART (Saturday, May 14, 2:30 p.m., Tsongas Center, Lowell)

Lasell College: Former Treasurer STEVEN GROSSMAN, now CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m., Taylor Field, Newton)

Boston University – Baccalaureate Speech: Peace Corps President CARRIE HESSLER-RADELET (Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m., Marsh Chapel)

Boston University – University Commencement: Former CBS Entertainment Chair and BU Trustee NINA TASSLER; the university will also present honorary degrees to U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and motivational speaker Travis Roy (Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m., Nickerson Field, Boston)

UMass Dartmouth – School of Law: Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice RALPH GANTS (Monday, May 16, 10 a.m., Main Auditorium, UMass Dartmouth campus)

Massachusetts College of Art and Design: New York Times op-ed columnist CHARLES BLOW and architect PHILIP GOODWIN FREELON (Thursday, May 16, 1 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Salem State University – School of Graduate Studies: MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund (Thursday, May 19, 4 p.m., Rockett Arena, Salem)

MassBay Community College: Sen. KAREN SPILKA (Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Wellesley Hills campus)

Simmons College – Undergraduate: MICHELLE ALEXANDER, author of New York Times best-seller “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (Friday, May 20, 9:30 a.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Boston Architectural College: Architect and urban planner MOSHE SAFDIE (Friday, May 20, 1 p.m., Old South Church, Boston)

Simmons College – Graduate: JUDY NORSIGIAN, author of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (Friday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Lesley University – Graduate: Dr. CHARLES PAYNE, social service administration professor at the University of Chicago; social entrepreneur MOLLY BALDWIN (Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Anna Maria College: The New England Council President and CEO JAMES BRETT; the college will also present an honorary degree to retired Worcester Fire Chief Gerard Dio, a 1991 Anna Maria alumnus (Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., The Hanover Theatre, Worcester)

Fitchburg State University – Undergraduate: BARBARA WILSON, author of the Wilson Reading System, president of Wilson Language Training, and a 1980 Fitchburg State alumna (Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., Highland Plaza, Fitchburg)

Salem State University – College of Arts & Sciences and School of Education: MICHO SPRING, New England region president of Weber Shandwick (Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., Rockett Arena, Salem)

Bentley University – Undergraduate: Hill Holliday CEO KAREN KAPLAN (Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m., South Campus football field, Waltham)

Bunker Hill Community College: Boston Mayor MARTIN WALSH (Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m., BHCC campus, Charlestown)

Lesley University – Undergraduate: Poet and civil engineer RICHARD BLANCO; visual and performance artist NICK CAVE (Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Saint Anselm College: Boston Globe CEO MICHAEL SHEEHAN, a 1982 Saint Anselm alumnus (Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m., Alumni Hall lawn, Manchester)

Salem State University – College of Health & Human Services and Bertolon School of Business: NEIL CHAYET, Esq., host of radio feature “Looking at the Law” (Saturday, May 21, 3 p.m., Rockett Arena, Salem)

Bentley University – Graduate: Rapid7 President and CEO COREY THOMAS (Saturday, May 21, 3 p.m., South Campus football field, Waltham)

Westfield State University: Gov. CHARLES BAKER (Saturday, May 21, 4 p.m., MassMutual Center, Springfield)

Suffolk University – Sawyer Business School: YMCA of the USA President and CEO KEVIN WASHINGTON (Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Tufts University: Actor, producer, and director HANK AZARIA, known for his voice-acting on “The Simpsons” (Sunday, May 22, 9 a.m., The Green, Tufts campus, Medford)

Curry College: Connecticut Gov. DANNEL MALLOY (Sunday, May 22, 9:30 a.m., D. Forbes Will Athletic Complex, Milton)

Merrimack College: Gov. CHARLES BAKER (Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m., Lawler Arena, Merrimack Athletics Complex, North Andover)

Suffolk University – College of Arts & Sciences: U.S. Sen. ELIZABETH WARREN (Sunday, May 22, 1 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

Suffolk University – Law School: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President Emerita ELAINE JONES (Sunday, May 22, 5 p.m., Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston)

School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Artist GONZALO FUENMAYOR (Sunday, May 22, 6 p.m., Shapiro Family Courtyard, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Boston College – University Commencement: U.S. Energy Secretary ERNEST MONIZ, a BC alumnus (Monday, May 23, 10 a.m., Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill)

Harvard University: Filmmaker STEVEN SPIELBERG (Thursday, May 26)

UMass Boston – Graduate: Human rights activist JERRY WHITE; the university will also present honorary degrees to former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland and Susan Akello Mboya, president of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (Thursday, May 26, 3 p.m., Clark Athletic Center, UMass Boston)

North Shore Community College: First Lady of the Commonwealth LAUREN BAKER (Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m., O’Keefe Sports Center, Salem State University campus, Salem)

UMass Boston – Undergraduate: Congressman SETH MOULTON; the university will also present an honorary degree to educator Suzanne Lee, a former Boston Public Schools principal and teacher, along with a posthumous honorary degree to the late Congressman Louis Stokes of Ohio (Friday, May 27, 9:30 a.m., TD Garden, Boston)

Boston College – Law School: U.S. Sen. JEANNE SHAHEEN (Friday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Actor and filmmaker MATT DAMON, who starred as an MIT janitor in “Good Will Hunting” (Friday, June 3, 10 a.m., Killian Court, Cambridge)

Berkshire Community College: Sen. BENJAMIN DOWNING (Friday, June 3, 4:30 p.m., Tanglewood, Lenox)

Williams College – Baccalaureate: ELIZABETH KOLBERT, staff writer at The New Yorker (Saturday, June 4, 5 p.m., Chapin Hall, Williamstown)

Williams College – Commencement: BRYAN STEVENSON, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; honorary degree recipients will also include children’s author Eric Carle, hall-of-fame sportswriter Frank Deford, Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, dramatist David Henry Hwang, and Mandarin-language musician Leehom Wang (Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m., West College Lawn, Williamstown)

UMass Medical School: Gov. CHARLES BAKER (Sunday, June 5, 12 p.m., Campus Green, Worcester)

Union College (N.Y.): Gov. CHARLES BAKER; Baker’s son Andrew, a football team co-captain, will graduate Union this year with a political science degree (Sunday, June 12, 10 a.m., Hull Plaza, Schenectady, N.Y.)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Gov. CHARLES BAKER (Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m., Parade Field, Buzzards Bay)

— Written by Sam Doran

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