US Senator Elizabeth Warren will be the commencement speaker for Framingham State University’s undergraduate graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 19, according university officials.
Framingham State will also give Warren an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for her “advocacy and compassion” for middle-class Americans, according to a statement from the school.
The school’s president, Tim Flanagan, said he was honored to have Warren speak to the college’s graduating class.
“Senator Warren has dedicated herself to ensuring that everyone in this country gets a fair shot, regardless of their economic status,” Flanagan said in a statement. “Her journey from growing up in a struggling working class family in Oklahoma to becoming a prominent lawyer, consumer advocate and United States Senator is truly inspirational.
“I know our students, faculty and alumni will appreciate the opportunity to hear from Senator Warren this spring.”
Warren, who was elected to the US Senate in last fall’s election, taught law at Harvard University for nearly 20 years before taking her seat in Congress. She is credited for the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which aims to safeguard consumers from financial traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards and other financial products, according to the university.
Warren has also received recognition for her work. National Law Journal named her one of the most influential lawyers of the decade; TIME Magazine twice named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world; and the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association has honored her with an award, according to the university.
Warren is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers School of Law.
For more information on Warren’s scheduled speech, visit the school's website.
Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org