Speakers & Honorary Degrees

2014 Speaker

Humanitarian and attorney Frances X. Hogan will receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws and Letters and address the Class of 2014 at Assumption’s 97th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17. Attorney Hogan, a partner with the Boston-based firm Lyne, Woodworth & Evarts LLP since 1976, has engaged with the city of Boston to help improve its neighborhoods by making sure large construction projects (such as the W Hotel, Westin Hotel and Liberty Wharf complex) provide jobs for low-income applicants. In addition, as an attorney who practices real estate law, she has negotiated contracts for affordable housing projects in Boston and Worcester. Attorney Hogan embodies the values of a Catholic liberal arts education, in both her personal and professional lives. She understands that the aim of education is to form virtuous citizens who will become advocates for the common good. Not only has Attorney Hogan demonstrated this in her efforts to create affordable housing, but also in her work as a tireless voice in the promotion and protection of human life and the underserved. She serves as a corresponding member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, established by Pope John Paul II; and is co-founder and former president of Women Affirming Life, a national group of Catholic women who are committed to the pro-life movement. In addition, she sits on the board of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, and, in 2013, Boston Archbishop and Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley presented her with the People of Life Award. Attorney Hogan received her undergraduate degree from Regis College and graduated with honors from Boston College Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Boston College Law Review. She was also inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honorary society for law school graduates. By choosing Attorney Hogan to address our graduates, we hope to remind them of their moral responsibility to work on behalf of those in need, and for the protection of innocent human life so as to sustain a civilization of love and human dignity.

2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

In addition to Attorney Hogan, honorary degrees will be conferred upon Janice “Jan” L. Fuller P’92 and Mark W. Fuller P’92; Fr. Benoît Grière, A.A.; and Dr. Paul Carpentier, M.D., C.F.C.M.C. ’82.

Janice “Jan” L. Fuller P’92 and Mark W. Fuller P’92: Janice Fuller served on the Assumption Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2013 and is the retired vice president of finance at Refco Inc./IDG New England. Mark Fuller is vice president of the Worcester-based Benefit Development Group, and treasurer of the George F. & Sybil H. Fuller Foundation. The Fuller family has a long history with the College and has been generous supporters of many of the College’s capital projects, most recently the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center, as well as scholarships for students with financial need. They will each be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws and Letters for their years of service to, and support for, Assumption.
Very Reverend Benoît Grière, A.A.: In 2011, Fr. Benoît Grière was named Superior General of the Augustinians of the Assumption. A Knight of the National Order of Merit of France, Fr. Grière helped establish Assumption College’s campus in Rome and has been instrumental in encouraging Assumptionists from other provinces to come to Assumption’s Worcester campus to study, teach and minister. Fr. Grière will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Dr. Paul Carpentier, MD, CFCMC ’82: One of only three FertilityCare medical consultants in New England, Dr. Paul Carpentier is president of the Gardner, Mass.-based In His Image Family Medicine clinic, which provides patient care consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church for infertility and other gynecological needs. He also serves as president of the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals and is co-founder of the Catholic Medical Association’s Worcester Guild. Dr. Carpentier is a 1982 graduate of Assumption College and a 1986 graduate of St. Louis University Medical School. He also graduated from the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction in Nebraska. Dr. Carpentier will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.