Speakers & Honorary Degrees

2016

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO of Catholic Relief Services.

Honorary Degree Recipients: Dr. James O'Connell, founding physician, and now president, of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program; Dr. Fred Bayon '65, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees for 31 years; and Michael Tsotsis '71, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees for 21 years.

2015 

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Major General Robert Catalanotti (Ret.) ’80
Honorary Degree Recipient: Terrence W. Macy ‘70, Ph.D. former commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

2014

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Attorney and humanitarian Frances X. Hogan
 

2013

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Richard DesLauriers ’82, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Field Division
Honorary Degree Recipients: Stephen F. Knott '79, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College; Raymond Lauring, frend and supporter of Assumption College, retired president of Lauring Construction

2012

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Brian Kelly ’83; head football coach for the University of Notre Dame
Honorary Degree Recipients: The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, bishop of Worcester; Maurice “Moe” Boisvert ’66, president of Youth Opportunities Upheld Inc. (YOU Inc.); and James Welu, director emeritus of Worcester Art Museum

2011

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Rwandan Genocide Survivor and Author Immaculée Ilibagiza
Honorary Degree Recipients: Medical doctor, missionary and director of the NPH St. Damien Hospital in Haiti, Fr. Richard Frechette, C.P., D.O. ’74; Thomas Walsh, M.D. ’74, researcher, physician and director of Transplantation-Oncology Infectious Diseases Program; Susan Woodbury, chair of the board of the George I. Alden Trust

2010

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Richard Lamoureux, A.A. ‘64, superior general of the Assumptionists
Honorary Degree Recipients: Francis R. Carroll, chairman and chief executive officer of the Small Business Service Bureau; civic leaders Donald D’Amour ’64 and Michele D’Amour

2009

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Anne Lynam Goddard, president and CEO of the Christian Children's Fund
Honorary Degree Recipients: Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., the John Carroll Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center; Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., professor of government at Georgetown University