May 11, 2015 – The flowers bloomed on cue and the sun came out as 289 students, many the first in their families to do so, received their degrees on the campus of Mount Ida College in Newton on Monday, May 11.
Keynote speaker Brian McGrory, editor of the Boston Globe and its website Bostonglobe.com, shared his wisdom and humor with the students as he told stories of how he has achieved his life-long dream of working for the Boston Globe – the only place he has ever wanted to be. Along the way, he shared, the most important lesson he learned, “people with the highest character come out on top.” Watch McGrory’s speech here.
He was presented with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Also being honored for excellence in their field were Stephen L. Boswell, MD – President and CEO of Fenway Health, the largest LGBT health and research facility in the United States, who received an honorary Doctor of Applied Science.
Carolyn Rafaelian, Founder, Creative Director and CEO of ALEX and ANI, LLC., received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of her entrepreneurial spirit and artistic creativity within a sustainable business model.
The students who graduated with Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees represented the four schools; the School of Applied Science, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.