Newton Mayor Setti Warren will be the commencement speaker at Mount Ida College’s graduation ceremony on May 17, college officials announced last week.
The small, private college in Newton expects to award 200 degrees during the ceremony. Warren, who is finishing up his first term as mayor, will also receive an honorary degree from the college.
Warren, “has dedicated much of his life making his community a better place to live and work,” said Mount Ida College President Barry Brown in a press release.
The college will also present honorary degrees to Paul S. Grogan, the president and chief executive officer of The Boston Foundation, and Anita Hill, a senior advisor to the provost and a professor at Brandeis University. Hill became a household name in 1991 when she testified that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when they worked together sparking a fierce national debate about race, gender and workplace issues.
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