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Hometown News Release 2014

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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 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.


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

SPECIAL TO:  [name of your local newspaper]

RELEASE DATE: AFTER Monday, May 19, 2014


                CHESTNUT HILL, MA (Monday, May 19, 2014) -- [Student name], [select one: son/daughter] of [names of parent(s)/guardian(s)] of [city], was awarded a [cite degree received*] at the 138th Commencement of Boston College on Monday, May 19. More than 4,000 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The 2014 Commencement speaker was U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, a graduate of Boston College Law School and former senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts regarded as one of America’s most eminent senior statesmen. Following his nomination in December of 2012 by President Barack Obama, Kerry became the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman in more than a century to serve as America’s top diplomat. Since then, he has traveled to many of the world’s geopolitical flashpoints, including the Middle East, Ukraine and Afghanistan, and led diplomatic efforts on issues such as the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, the Middle East peace process, and the South Sudan conflict. Kerry also has traveled twice to the Vatican to meet with the Holy See on a range of issues.

Boston College also presented honorary degrees to four other distinguished individuals: Boston Celtics legend and basketball Hall-of-Famer Bob Cousy; alumna Ann Riley Finck, an award-winning leader in the nursing profession; alumna Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, president and CEO of Urban Health Plan Inc.; and alumnus and University Trustee Robert Morrissey, founder and senior partner of Boston law firm Morrissey, Hawkins & Lynch.

Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., 25th president of Boston College, presented the degrees to the graduates.

                [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. **]

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 more than 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. Though it has grown in size, stature and diversity, Boston College remains focused on 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.