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Marylou Sudders Appointed State Health and Human Services Secretary

NOVEMBER 25, 2014

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker has appointed Associate Professor Marylou Sudders to head the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the largest state agency in Massachusetts.

The appointment will mark a return to public service for Sudders, who was commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. She also served as New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. Sudders joined the Boston College School of Social Work in 2012.

"Leaving teaching is one of the few regrets I have," Sudders said. "I love teaching at the Boston College School of Social Work, I love the students, I love the opportunity to engage them in both public policy and a commitment to public service, but the honor to serve the commonwealth is too great an honor to refuse. You don't apply to be a Secretary of Health and Human Services, a governor asks you to serve."  More about Marylou Sudders's appointment »

BCSSW in the News
Westy Egmont on CNN to Discuss Obama's Immigration Executive Order

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

Following Barack Obama's announcement that he would use executive authority on immigration policy, BC Social Work Professor Westy Egmont went on CNN to discuss what the order means for the millions of immigrants affected by the president's decision.

"I'm sure that tonight, there's a lot of weeping and joy in millions of homes across the United States," Egmont told CNN International anchor Errol Barnett. "This is a profound opportunity for people to come out of the shadows…It means for some people the ability to go to work legally. It means for many people the ability to stay with their children who have already been given under DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals] the opportunity to stay in the country. It certainly is going to mean an emotional opportunity to breathe deeper, to feel cohesively a part of the community in which in they live, and to take hope for the future."  More about Westy Egmont on CNN »

Events

Commencement 2014

A program from Commencement.
A program from Commencement.

MAY 19, 2014
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m. — Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

The 138th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. The University Commencement, which is attended by all graduates, is held in Alumni Stadium (rain or shine) and will begin with the Academic Procession at 9:15 a.m. and end after approximately two hours. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, a Boston College Law School graduate and former senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts, will address the Class of 2014 at University Commencement.

The Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony is held following the University Commencement at approximately 12:00 p.m. on Burns Lawn (rain or shine). The ceremony will feature a welcome from Dean Alberto Godenzi and greetings from Dr. Darla Spence Coffey, President of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S. This year's Student Greeter from the Class of 2014 is Corina S. Laudate. Cheryl Snyder, on behalf of the Alumni Association, will welcome the Class of 2014. The ceremony will begin with an invocation from Sr. Xuan Tho Phan and conclude with a Benediction from Shameka S. Gregory, both members of the Class of 2014. Degree Representatives are Abby Schwartz, PhD, and Victoria Pineiro, MSW.

Dr. Darla Spence Coffey is a nationally recognized author and speaker on issues associated with domestic violence. Dr. Coffey has served as a professor of social work, associate provost, and dean of graduate studies at West Chester University in Pennslyvania. She received her bachelor's degree from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennslyvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Coffey has an extensive background in social work practice in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. After years of research on the effects of domestic violence on children, Dr. Coffey developed a curriculum for practitioners, Parenting After Violence, and trained social workers within the child welfare system in Philadelphia, PA.

Maps, parking, visitor resources, FAQs, and more about Commencement »

For Graduating Students: Resources and tips to help you with networking, finding a job, and preparing for the transition to your social work career »

Watch the highlights video from the Graduate School of Social Work Commencement ceremony »

Watch the video from the University Commencement ceremony »