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Past Commencements

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

"Simmons made me raise my hand. Simmons made me speak up. Simmons made me be heard. It isn’t until now that I can tell you what it is about Simmons that changes you. In our time here we have grown. And somewhere between Brookline and Huntington Avenue we have all planted our roots."

- Undergraduate student speaker, Courtney Joachim '14
Read her entire speech


Billie Jean King
Morning Undergraduate Ceremony

A name long synonymous with gender equality, social change, and the highest reaches of athletic accomplishment, Billie Jean King will deliver the morning undergraduate Commencement address at 10 a.m. Ms. King is a 2009 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, and has been named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by LIFE magazine. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and most recently was named a member of the U.S. Presidential Delegation to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. She will receive an honorary degree from Simmons.

David Weinberger, Ph.D.
Afternoon Graduate Ceremony

An expert on the intersection of technology and human interaction, Dr. David Weinberger will deliver the afternoon graduate Commencement address at 2 p.m. Dr. Weinberger currently co-directs the Harvard Library and Innovation Lab and is a senior researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet & Society. He is the author of several books, including Too Big to Know, which discusses what happens to knowledge now that it's becoming networked, and The Cluetrain Manifesto, which InformationWeek called "the most important business book since Tom Peter's In Search of Excellence." He will receive an honorary degree from Simmons.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Ruth Ellen Fitch

Ruth Ellen Fitch is the former President and Chief Executive Officer at The Dimock Center, a former partner at a top Boston law firm, an educator, and a champion for the underserved. Ms. Fitch blazed a path for future generations of young lawyers of color to follow, having been named Boston's first black female law firm partner while with Palmer & Dodge LLP.

Madeleine M. Joullié, Ph.D.

Madeleine M. Joullié, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized champion of women in the field of chemistry who holds the distinction of being one of the first female professors to earn tenure in chemistry at an Ivy League institution. Dr. Joullié attended Simmons College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. She currently serves on the board of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.