"You are servants of a high calling"
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh encourages New England Law | Boston graduates at 103rd Commencement, receives honorary degree
(Boston, Revised-5/27/14) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s 103rd Commencement featured an inspiring address by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who urged graduates “… not to settle—even for what seems at first like success.” The ceremony took place in the ornate Wang Theatre of the Citi Performing Arts Center and featured the awarding of 299 diplomas to students from the law school’s day and evening divisions.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh
Mayor Walsh recounted the tremendous challenges he has faced and surmounted, including cancer as a child and alcoholism as an adult. He credited the support of his family, neighborhood, church, school, and union communities, and appealed to graduates to join him in a life of service.
“If you serve a purpose higher than yourself, there is no telling how far it will take you,” said Mayor Walsh. “That’s why I want you to dream beyond what you think this degree holds for you right now. Use this education to do things you never imagined possible—that we never imagined possible. That is what our society needs from you; it is what we are calling you to do.”
Mayor Walsh saluted the graduates and praised their legal skills, and advised that the road to success can be a long one. “Whatever challenges your careers throw at you, remember: you are servants of a high calling, you are experts that the community needs, and you are dreamers who will change the world.”
Dean John F. O’Brien hailed Mayor Walsh as a champion of equal rights, education, and economic opportunity. “New England Law has developed a reputation as a ‘school for doers,’ and we see a kindred spirit in Mayor Walsh,” he said.
Robb D. Levine ’14 and Anthony Del Signore ’14 received the Dean Arthur W. MacLean Award for Academic Excellence for the day and evening divisions, respectively, and delivered the valedictory addresses. Both earned summa cum laude designations. Magna cum laude and cum laude recipients were also acknowledged, and additional awards and honors were granted in several categories
New England Law recently approved new concentrations in Immigration Law and Intellectual Property Law, and more than 20 students earned special notations on their transcripts in these areas of study.
Mayor Walsh received an honorary doctor of humanities degree. Honorary degrees were also awarded to Commissioner William Evans, Boston Police Department (doctor of humanities); Lyndia Downie, president and executive director, Pine Street Inn (doctor of humanities); and Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (doctor of laws).