Brandeis University seniors were jubilant as they filed into their graduation ceremonies yesterday in Waltham. Brandeis University seniors were jubilant as they filed into their graduation ceremonies yesterday in Waltham. (Dina Rudick/ Globe Staff)
May 24, 2010

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Amherst College
Speaker: Anthony W. Marx, college president.
Graduates: 431.
Degrees: bachelor of arts.
Honorary degrees: Zackie Achmat, South African activist and founder of the Treatment Action Campaign, an AIDS/HIV advocacy group; Joshua M. Epstein, director of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics; Walter Dean Myers, author; Sir Paul Nurse, geneticist and Nobel laureate and president of Rockefeller University; Harvey J. Rosenfield, founder of Consumer Watchdog; Mary Jo Salter, poet, playwright, lyricist, and essayist; Dame Marjorie Scardino, chief executive officer of Pearson PLC; Jimmy Wales, cofounder of Wikipedia.

Bay State College
Speaker: Alan Khazei, cofounder of City Year and founder of Be the Change Inc.
Expected graduates: 157.
Degrees: Associate’s, bachelor of science.

Brandeis University
Speaker: Michael B. Oren, Israeli ambassador to the United States.
Graduates: 803 undergraduate students, 771 graduate students
Degrees: bachelor’s, master’s, and professional.
Honorary degrees: Michael B. Oren; Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners In Health; Judith S. Kaye, former chief judge of New York; Antonio Muñoz Molina, award-winning Spanish author; Dennis B. Ross, American diplomat and author; Paul Simon, singer and songwriter.

Merrimack College
Speaker: Ron Hansen, author.
Expected graduates: 509.
Degrees: associate in arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of education.
Honorary degrees: Hansen; the Rev. James A. Wenzel, director of the Center for Augustinian Study and Legacy at Merrimack College; H. Bridget (Scanlon) Shaheen, executive director of Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence.

Mount Holyoke College
Speaker: Gail Collins, author and New York Times columnist.
Graduates: 597.
Degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science.
Honorary degrees: Collins; Joanne V. Creighton, outgoing Mount Holyoke president; Sheila Barshay Goldbloom, educator, social worker, and activist; Victoria Hale, world health entrepreneur.

New England Conservatory
Speaker: Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker.
Expected graduates: 240 undergraduate and graduate students.
Degrees: bachelor of music, master of music, doctor of musical arts, graduate diploma.
Honorary degrees: Honorary degrees: Ross; Quincy Jones, music conductor, record producer, musical arranger, and film composer; Roger Kellaway, pianist and composer; Karen Tuttle, violist and teacher.

Stonehill College
Speaker: John “Jack’’ Connors Jr., advertising executive.
Expected graduates: 541,
Degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in business administration.
Honorary degrees: Connors; Bishop Norbert Strotmann of the Diocese of Chosica in Lima, Peru; the Rev. Robert J. Kruse, priest in the Congregation of the Holy Cross for 50 years; Rita Welch, nursing home industry pioneer.

Suffolk University
Speaker: Paul Farmer, cofounder of Partners in Health.
Expected graduates: 1,192 undergraduate students; 723 graduate students.
Degrees: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral.
Honorary degrees: Farmer; Dr. Karen Bollinger DeSalvo, vice dean for community affairs and health policy at Tulane University School of Medicine; Wyc Grousbeck, chief executive officer and co-owner of the Boston Celtics; Charles Burnett, independent filmmaker.

Tufts University
Speaker: Sol Gittleman, Tufts professor and former provost.
Graduates: 1,341 undergraduate students, 1,696 graduate students.
Degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of science in engineering, master of arts, master of science, master of fine arts, master of engineering, doctor of philosophy, doctor of medicine, doctor of dental medicine, doctor of veterinary medicine.
Honorary degrees: Gittleman; Richard Dorsay, retired professor of radiology and retired chief of radiology at Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco; Kristina M. Johnson, undersecretary of energy, former provost at Johns Hopkins University; Ann Hobson Pilot, first African-American principal in the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Speaker: José Ramos-Horta, president of East Timor and Nobel peace laureate.
Expected graduates: approximately 1,500.
Degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of fine arts.
Honorary degrees: Ramos-Horta; Julia Plotnick, former US assistant surgeon general and global health advocate; Gerald Mauretti (’65), president and founder of EY Technologies.

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