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.
See bio »
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 23, 2016
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 140th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 23, 2016, 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 student, an alum, and Rev. Dr. Gregory Groover, Sr., Pastor of Boston's Historic Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church.
Rev. Groover spoke this fall at a BCSSW Diversity and Justice Series event. His talk Bearing Witness: Reflection on the Emanuel AME Church Shooting engaged students and the community in a conversation around recent events that have challenged our perceptions of race in America.
Rev. Groover received his Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. He completed his doctoral work (D.Min.) at the New York Theological Seminary. Groover is also deeply involved in the Greater Boston community and has served as the President of the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA).