Bagpipe players at graduation with President Birge at the gate

Commencement

Commencement 

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021! This past weekend we celebrated the accomplishments of both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. You can re-watch the commencement ceremonies and share your StageClip HERE.

We encourage students and their families to submit photos celebrating their commencement at home this year. If you would like to share your celebration pics with the rest of the MCLA community for possible inclusion in social media post or MCLA publications, please click here.

Baccalaureate Ceremonies

The Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Ceremony took place Thursday, May 13 at 12 noon. Re-watch the 2021 ceremony HERE. 

The Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Ceremony took place Friday, May 14 at 12 noon. Re-watch the 2020 ceremony HERE.

Honorary Degree Recipients

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The Commencement speaker for the Class of 2020 is Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, president of Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., and an active and respected proponent of the liberal arts and inclusion. Dr. Hinton will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Jenn Smith, a deeply experienced journalist who began her career at the Berkshire Eagle before becoming engagement editor at the Seattle Times, will receive an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree.  

Ty Allan Jackson, an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker who travels around the country inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy, will serve as Commencement speaker for the Class of 2021, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Stephen Boyd, CEO of Boyd Technologies in Lee a co-founder and Board Chair of the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) who has dedicated his career to advancing economic development in the Berkshires, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Learn More About The Honorary Degree Recipients HERE

 

Note from the Registrar:

Conferral of a degree occurs when the registrar finalizes the students’ academic record and confirms that all requirements have been satisfied. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute conferral of the degree. Similarly, inclusion of a student’s name in such publications as the commencement program does not confirm eligibility for the degrees.