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Yesterday's commencements

Brandeis University , Waltham

Graduates: 1,440

Degrees: Bachelor's, master's, doctorate

Speaker: Thomas L. Friedman , three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient

Honorary degrees: A uthor Joyce Carol Oates ; pioneering biologist Judah Folkman ; former Canadian minister of justice Irwin Cotler ; and noted architect Daniel Libeskind

Lasell College , Newton

Graduates: 228

Degrees: Bachelor's and master's

Speaker: Evelyn F. Murphy , former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts

Honorary Degree: Murphy

Longy School of Music, Cambridge

Graduates: 67

Degrees: Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificates

Speaker: Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker

N.E. Conservatory, Boston

Graduates: 271

Degrees: Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificates

Speaker: Richard Dyer , former Boston Globe movie critic

Honorary degrees: Dyer; Regina Resnik , Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano and Tony-nominated actress; Bruno Monsaingeon , Paris-based violinist and filmmaker; Halim El-Dabh , composer; and Wayne Shorter , saxophonist, composer, and Grammy-winner

Regis College, Weston

Graduates: 439

Degrees: Bachelor's, master's, certificates

Speaker: Attorney General Martha Coakley

Honorary degrees: Coakley

Smith College, Northampton

Graduates: 733

Degrees: Bachelor's, master's

Speaker: Gloria Steinem , editor, journalist, and political activist

Honorary degrees: Helene Gayle , pediatrician, director of health initiatives; Ruth Holmberg , journalist; Nancy Hopkins , geneticist, professor of biology at MIT; and Lauren Lazin , award-winning film maker

Suffolk University, Boston

Graduates: 1,672

Degrees: Bachelor's, master's, doctorate

Speaker: Bill Russell , basketball hall-of-famer

Honorary degrees: Russell; attorney John J. Gardner , Suffolk's oldest alumnus; Margot Stern Strom, president and executive director of Facing History and Ourselves ; and Peter T. Zarella , justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut

Bay State College, Boston

Graduates: 155

Degrees: Bachelor's, associate's

Speaker: Matt Siegel from KISS 108 radio

Anna Maria College, Paxton

Graduates: 277

Degrees: Master's, bachelor's, associate's, certificate of advanced graduate study

Speaker: Kathy Harrison, author

Honorary degrees: Harrison; Bruce Harrison, foster parent ; Betty Neuman , creator of Neuman Systems Model of Nursing; David L. Higgins, Jr., former executive director of Community Healthlink; and Gerald A. Garrity , interim president of Anna Maria College

Boston University, Boston

Graduates: 5,794

Degrees: Doctorate, MBA, JD, MD, DMD, master's, bachelor's

Speaker: Steven Chu , director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Bill Kovach , senior counselor of the Project for Excellence in Journalism

Honorary degrees: Kovach; Brice Marden, artist; Judy Norsigian , executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves; Samuel O. Thier , president of Massachusetts General Hospital; and Peter H. Vermilye , former CEO of Alliance Capital

Curry College, Milton

Graduates: 711

Degrees: Master's, bachelor's

Speaker: David A. Fedo , Curry vice president and academic dean

Honorary degrees: Fedo and Marie Farrell, professor of the Fielding Graduate University

Franklin W. Olin College Of Engineering, Needham

Graduates: 73

Degrees: Bachelor's

Speaker: Diana Chapman Walsh , Wellesley College president

Honorary degrees: None

Lesley University, Cambridge

Graduates: 3,100

Degrees: Master's, bachelor's

Speaker: JudyAnn Bigby, Massachusetts secretary of Health and Human Services ; Gary Hirshberg, president of Stonyfield Farm ; Jill Medvedow, director of Institute of Contemporary Art ; and Terry Tempest Williams, environment al activist

Honorary degrees: Bigby ; Hirshberg; Medvedow ; Williams

Merrimack College, North Andover

Graduates: 540

Degrees: Master's, bachelor's, associate's

Speaker: The Rev. Ray Hammond , community activist

Honorary degrees: Hammond; Thomas J. Kinton Jr., CEO and executive director of Massport; and the Rev. Kevin F. Dwyer , Merrimack professor

Newbury College, Brookline

Graduates: 220

Degrees: Bachelor's, associate's

Speaker: Deborah Mael , associate professor at Newbury

School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Graduates: 200

Degrees: Master's, bachelor's, Museum School certificate, post-baccalaureate, and fifth-year programs

Speaker: Homi K. Bhabha, Harvard University professor

Stonehill College, Easton

Graduates: 537

Degrees: Master's, bachelor's

Speaker: James G. "Lou" Gorman, executive consultant for community relations and special events of the Boston Red Sox

Honorary degrees: Antonia Diaz , Bronx community activist; David P. Driscoll, Massachusetts education commissioner; and David I. Finnegan , trial lawyer and lobbyist

(Correction: Because of a reporting error, a list of local college commencements in yesterday's City & Region section incorrectly stated that Richard Dyer, an honorary degree recipient, is a former movie critic for the Globe. Dyer was the Globe's classical music critic.)