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Gearing up for the 2016 Deree Commencement

The time has come to celebrate the perseverance of our students, and the hard work that has led them to this wonderful occasion, their graduation day!

Beginning at 20:30 on Saturday, June 25, more than 300 undergraduate and graduate Deree students from 18 countries will be awarded their degrees, joining the ACG family of over 52,000 alumni across the globe.

Martin T. Meehan, President of the University of Massachusetts will deliver the 2016 Commencement Address.

Martin (Marty) Meehan is the first undergraduate alumnus to lead the five-campus University of Massachusetts system. He became the university’s 27th president after serving in the U.S. House

of Representatives and as chancellor of UMass Lowell.

Born in Lowell, Meehan was one of seven children and grew up in a family where the importance of education was always stressed. After attending the Lowell public schools, Meehan, a first-generation college student, graduated cum laude from UMass Lowell in 1978 with a degree in education and political science. He later earned a master’s degree in public administration from Suffolk University, and a juris doctor from Suffolk University Law School.

Martin Meehan embraced a career in public service early in his life. He served as the Deputy Secretary of State for securities and corporations (1986­–1990), he was appointed First Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County (1991), and he was elected to represent the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives (1992). After serving 14 years in Congress, Meehan was elected Chancellor of UMass Lowell (2007), and after 8 successful years of leading the campus on its rise to top-tier national university status, he was elected to the presidency of the University of Massachusetts in 2015.

President Meehan will address the graduating class and will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, for his contribution to education.

The Deree Class of 2016 will be joined by family, friends, faculty, and staff, to celebrate each student’s accomplishments and to wish them all the best of luck in their next steps!

The 2016 Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast via live streaming on Saturday, June 25 at 20:30