Speakers brighten ceremony at UMass-Boston

Obama calls for equality

UMass-Boston graduates listened to Senator Barack Obama before he received an honorary degree yesterday. Student speaker Catherine Reyes (right) was given the John F. Kennedy Award for Academic Excellence by Chancellor Michael Collins.
By Cristina Silva
Globe Staff / June 3, 2006

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She is a biochemistry student who left her native Colombia six years ago after her father was kidnapped for ransom and then freed. He is one of the most recognizable political figures in the country, a Harvard Law School graduate, and the son of an African immigrant. (Full article: 705 words)

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