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  • Dean College Selects 2017 Commencement Speakers

    Valerie Davis Commencement Speaker 

    On Saturday, May 6, 2017 over 300 graduating students will join the ranks of over 25,000 Dean Alumni worldwide during the 2017 Commencement Exercises. Continuing with tradition, the 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held outside along Awpie Way, considered by many as the most beautiful and iconic part of campus.

    With only a few days until the ceremony, have you ever wondered how colleges and universities choose their commencement speakers?

    As noted by a recent article published by University Business, colleges and universities want their speakers to challenge and inspire the graduates, while also being both engaging and appropriate for the audiences of the graduating students, and their families, faculty and administrators.

    Here at Dean the students are our focus! We pride ourselves on making a difference in our students’ lives and in turn they make a difference in ours. Each year, we select student representatives to give messages to the graduating class. Selections are based on recommendations, academics and an overall commitment to Dean College. This year, two students were selected to speak on behalf of the Class of 2017.

    Karen Laven, a Business Management major from Franklin, MA and a member of both The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), as well as the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society has been selected as a speaker at the 2017 ceremony. Karen will be attending Northeastern University in the fall to complete her MBA.

    Another local resident, Valerie Davis (pictured above), has also been selected to speak on behalf of the Bachelor’s Degree students. Valerie is a Theatre and Business major who has been actively involved on campus, participating in the Student Government Association (SGA) as treasurer, and as a student ambassador. Additionally, Valerie has performed in several theatre productions, including the most recent performance of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. After graduation, Valerie will be attending theatre auditions in New York City.

    Dean College’s 151st Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the front lawn of Dean Hall on campus.

    Check back for a recap after Saturday’s exercises. Congratulations Class of 2017!

    Click here for more information on Commencement.

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