Lesley graduates 2,234; speakers include historian McCullough, singer-songwriter Graham Nash
Lesley University’s commencement was Saturday, with 2,234 degrees and certificates handed out – 468 bachelor’s degrees, 1,740 master’s degrees and 23 doctorates.
The event was held at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, with an impressive array of commencement speakers: for undergrads, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough and singer-songwriter Graham Nash, of Crosby, Stills & Nash; for the graduate students, the Rev. Liz Walker, listed as “humanitarian, minister, television journalist and documentary film producer,” and Paul Reville, former (and first) secretary of education for the state and current Harvard Graduate School of Education professor.
All four got honorary degrees at their respective commencement ceremonies – graduate students at 10 a.m. and undergraduates at 2 p.m., said Amanda McGregor, communications manager for the university.
“It was a beautiful day, and the speakers were truly inspiring,” McGregor said.
The number of graduates Saturday was a small step back from last year, when more than 2,300 degrees were conferred: 456 bachelor’s degrees, 1,899 master’s degrees and 33 doctorates.
In 2011, the university said it conferred 2,632 degrees: 453 bachelor’s degrees, 2,101 master’s degrees and 18 doctorates.