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Hometown News Release 2017

Commencement 2017

Commencement Hometown News Release

Each year, Boston College distributes a general graduation announcement to students' hometown newspapers. This general news release is submitted automatically—you don't need to request it—for every graduating senior shortly after Commencement, and includes the student's name, hometown, and undergraduate degree(s)/honors, as well as information about Commencement itself.

If you would like to submit a more detailed news release that includes personal information specific to the graduate (interests, awards, plans, etc.), you may find it helpful to follow the format below. Simply copy the template (available May 2017) onto your own document or paste it into an e-mail message, insert information about the graduate in place of the notes within brackets or where indicated by asterisk, then send the finished release to the news desk of your local newspaper. (E-mail and postal addresses usually are available online via the 'Contact us' link on the paper's website.) You may also want to include a photo of the graduate; if you do so by mail, remember to write his or her name on the back of it. If you do so by e-mail, it is helpful to compress the photo; very large file attachments sometimes interfere with message delivery.



Hometown News Release 2016


CONTACT: [your name and telephone number or email address]

SPECIAL TO:  [name of your local newspaper]

RELEASE DATE: AFTER Monday, May 23, 2016



CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (5-23-16) -- [Student name], [select one: son/daughter] of [names of parent(s)/guardian(s)] of [city], was awarded a [cite degree received*] at the 140th Commencement of Boston College on Monday, May 23. Approximately 4,400 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees.

[Student's name] is a graduate of [name/city of high school]. At Boston College, [cite here any academic honors, memberships in clubs, athletics activities, et. al. **]

The 2016 Commencement speaker was U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz, a Boston College alumnus who has blended scientific skills with those of diplomacy and negotiation in tackling issues ranging from the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement to clean energy technology innovation. A former chairman of the  physics department at MIT,  Moniz previously served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy, where he oversaw science and energy programs, led a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship and was special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College, presented Moniz with an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Fr. Leahy also presented honorary degrees to four other distinguished individuals: Nannette Canniff, founding president of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, which has aided the poor in Haiti for more than 30 years; alumnus Jack Joyce, University benefactor and chairman and founder of the Boston College Club; María Eugenia (Gena) McGowan, principal of St. Matthew Catholic School in Phoenix, Ariz., and alumnus Rev. Emmanuel Mwerekande,  pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Uganda.

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. Today, it is one of the foremost universities in the nation, with a coeducational enrollment of some 14,600 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all 50 states and 80 countries. Its faculty of eminent scholars is dedicated to teaching, both at the undergraduate level and in its graduate programs in education, law, management, nursing, social work ,and theology and ministry. Boston College is guided by its founding Jesuit mission to offer students a transforming educational experience: to help them develop both their intellect and their character, and to encourage them to lead lives of faith, integrity and service to others.



* If the degree is awarded with honors (cum laude, etc.) include that information here.

**If the graduate's plans are known, a new paragraph including that information could be added after the activities list.