JANUARY 21, 2016
The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Boston College School of Social Work MSW or PhD alumni who have made significant contributions to the social work profession. This year, two awards were handed out during a ceremony held on January 8th at McGuinn Hall, to Daniel Gill, MSW '06, and Judith S. Willison, MSW '87.
Daniel D. Gill is currently employed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' VA Maryland Health Care System as a Team Lead in the HUD-VASH (Veterans Affairs Supported Housing) program.
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Judith S. Willison is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Bridgewater State University. She teaches social work practice courses, Dynamics of Diversity and Oppression, and an elective focused on a multisystemic approach to addressing violence. See bio »
MAY 18, 2015
9:15 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–2:00 p.m. — School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony
The 139th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement (main ceremony) will start with a procession at 9:15 a.m. All graduates should be in assembly areas by 8:15 a.m. The academic procession into Alumni Stadium for the University Commencement will begin at 9:15 a.m. Family and guests should be seated by that time. This will be followed by individual School and College Diploma Ceremonies. All should be completed no later than 2:00 p.m.
The 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 a renowned speaker.
The ceremony will feature a welcome from Dean Alberto Godenzi and keynote remarks from Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Sudders was a full-time faculty member at BCSSW from 2012 until her appointment to Governor Charlie Baker’s cabinet in 2015, and she remains a visiting professor at the school. In her role as Secretary, Sudders leads the largest executive agency in state government, a $19.4 billion state budget with 22,000 dedicated public servants, and she oversees critical services that touch almost one in six residents of the Commonwealth.
A strong advocate for social justice, Professor Sudders is credited with a significant role in passage of key Massachusetts legislative reforms, including: Fundamental Rights for Persons with Mental Illness, Civil Commitment Reform; Children's Mental Health Omnibus Act; Mental Health Parity; Hospital Interpreter Law; and, CHINs Reform. She was a founding member of the Children's Mental Health Campaign, while serving as President & CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.