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, 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.

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With the ever-increasing demand for science education on today’s college campuses, Mount Ida College has started construction for a new science center equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, equipment and resources to provide an exceptional teaching and learning environment for Mount Ida College’s applied science programs.

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“We have invested more than $25 million on our campus over the past three years,” says President Barry Brown.  “Our long history of success in the sciences, as evidenced by our programs in animal science, dental technology and forensic science, prompted us to establish the School of Applied Sciences in 2012.”

As the demand continues to rise for programs in biology, chemistry and other basic and laboratory sciences, “this is the next logical step.  We need to assure the Mount Ida student that our facilities match the high level of our faculty and academic programs,” says Brown.

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“The facility will include new biology and chemistry labs, classroom space for undergraduates, audio visual resources, along with collaborative meeting spaces and a central auditorium,” says Marc Margulies, FAIA, founder of Margulies-Perruzzi Architects which is spearheading the design. “The new center at the School of Applied Sciences will expand existing campus facilities, which when redeveloped will provide an opportunity to enhance existing undergraduate and graduate course offerings and programs to prepare students for careers in sciences.”

The School of Applied Sciences offers bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Dental Hygiene, Forensic Science, Funeral Home Management, Veterinary Technology as well as a Dental Science/Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program.  Associate’s degrees are offered in Funeral Service, Veterinary Technology and Dental Hygiene.

Please join the Mount Ida College Athletic Association Annual Golf Tournament to support the student athletes of Mount Ida College and its 16 NCAA Division III varsity teams. Register now at


Tournament Schedule

Friday, June 5, 2015
Wayland Country Club

7 a.m. Registration

Continental Breakfast

8 a.m. Shotgun Start

1 p.m. Lunch

Presentation of Winners


Golf Challenge Holes

Awards will be given to winners of closest to the pin and longest drive competitions as well as hole in one prizes


Sponorship Opportunities

Tournament Sponsor
$ 7,500
Includes two foursomes, company name and logo on
program cover, signage at registration and on course,
recognition in program

Major Sponsor
$ 5,000
Includes one foursome, company name and logo on
signage on course and recognition in program

Meal Sponsor
$ 2,500
Includes company name and logo on signage at breakfast
and lunch and recognition in program

Mustang Sponsor
$ 1,000
Includes company name and logo on signage on course
and recognition in program.

Sponsoring Foursome
$ 700
Includes greens fees, golf cart and meals for four golfers
& one hole sponsorship sign

$ 600
Includes greens fees, golf cart and meals for four golfers

Hole Sponsor
$ 200
Includes signage at one tee box and recognition in program

Individual Golfer
$ 150
Includes greens fee, golf cart and meal