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Hometown News Release 2016

Commencement 2016

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 2016) 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 2015


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

SPECIAL TO:  [name of your local newspaper]

RELEASE DATE: AFTER Monday, May 18, 2015



                CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (5-18-15) -- [Student name], [select one: son/daughter] of [names of parent(s)/guardian(s)] of [city], was awarded a [cite degree received*] at the 139th Commencement of Boston College on Monday, May 18. 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 2015 Commencement speaker was Archbishop of Chicago Blase Cupich, who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2014 to lead the third-largest Catholic diocese in the U.S. Archbishop Cupich’s ministry has been focused on reaching out to those on the margins: immigrants, Native Americans and the poor.  A strong supporter of immigration reform, he has spoken about the importance of offering the estimated 8 million undocumented workers – whose “toil, taxes and purchasing power” benefit the U.S. –the “protection of the law.” Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College, presented Archbishop Cupich with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Fr. Leahy also presented honorary degrees to four other distinguished individuals: Sister Marie Chin, R.S.M., who has served as a teacher, spiritual director and president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas; alumnus Michael Motyl, president of the Guadalupe Regional Middle School serving boys and girls in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley; alumnus Steve Pemberton, author, motivational speaker and corporate executive; and Lee Woodruff, author and contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning.”

Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus—the first institution of higher education in the city of Boston. Today, it is one of the foremost universities in the nation, with a coeducational enrollment of approximately 14,600 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all 50 states and some 80 countries. Its faculty of eminent scholars is dedicated to teaching, both at the undergraduate level and in its nationally noted 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.