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Massasoit’s 55th Commencement Ceremony was held on May 26, 2022, at the Asiaf Field House on Brockton Campus underneath the grand tent for the first time since 2019. With 400 graduates in attendance, Massasoit conferred certificates and degrees upon nearly 850 students. “While the COVID-19 pandemic required the college to host the last two Commencements in a virtual format, we were excited to return to our traditional ceremony this year. It was wonderful to see the friends and family of our graduates, along with the faculty and staff, proudly watch as our students crossed the stage,” said President Ray DiPasquale. This commencement was the first ceremony under the leadership of President DiPasquale.  

The ceremony included a few special guests including women’s hockey trailblazer and icon, Blake Bolden, who delivered the keynote address. Bolden was the first African American woman to compete in the National Women’s Hockey league. The three-time National Women’s Hockey League All-Star is a pro scout for the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings, and reports for ESPN. She encouraged the students by sharing that as they go on to new things, they will have to conquer challenges along the way, however their experience and education has prepared them for those moments to come. Bolden’s appearance at Massasoit was made possible through the generosity of Paul Sullivan, Founder & CEO of Sullivan Tire and Auto Service. 

The College also awarded an honorary Associate Degree, posthumously, to the late Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Hagler served on the Massasoit Board of Trustees from 1986 to 1991 and was an avid supporter of Massasoit students through his scholarship fund, which was established in 1996. Earlier this month, the inaugural Massasoit Community College Education Champion Award was bestowed posthumously to Mr. Hagler in recognition of his commitment to education and philanthropic support of Massasoit students. The honorary degree was accepted by his mother, Mae Lang. 

For Additional information regarding this year’s Commencement ceremony, visit Massasoit.edu/commencement 

Photos provided were taken by Terrence Adderley of Terrence Adderley Photography

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