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Past Commencements

Congratulations, Class of 2013!


Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Morning Undergraduate Ceremony

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker who uses this medium to highlight the false and outdated portrayals of women and girls in our society. Her documentary Miss Representation and complementary website expose how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power, and provides a platform for social action. She also is executive producer of the film Invisible War, which is nominated for an Academy Award this year. She will receive an honorary degree from Simmons College.

Dr. Anne Jardim
Afternoon Graduate Ceremony

Dr. Anne Jardim is a pivotal figure in the history of women's management education, especially as it relates to Simmons College. A former lecturer at Harvard Business School, Dr. Jardim and Margaret Hennig were the founding deans of the Simmons College School of Management. Dr. Jardim is perhaps best known for the significant contributions she has made to the development of successful women managers and for co-authoring, along with Hennig, the seminal book on women in business: The Managerial Woman. She will receive an honorary degree from Simmons College.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Dr. Geraldine Bednash

Dr. Geraldine Bednash is one of the foremost advocates for nursing education in the country, serving as executive director and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the only national organization dedicated exclusively to furthering nursing education in America's universities and four-year colleges.

Fran Froehlich

Fran Froehlich is cofounder and director of the Boston-based umbrella group Community Works, which supports social justice member organizations through partnerships with local businesses. Froehlich has worked on behalf of social issues such as hunger, homelessness, healthcare, and civil rights for more than 30 years.

Dr. Carol Tavris

Dr. Carol Tavris is a noted author, scholar, and lecturer who specializes in promoting the importance of critical and scientific thinking about issues in psychology. Her latest book, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me), written with Dr. Elliot Aronson, has received critical praise and has been translated into 13 languages.

Reverend Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D.

Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is a respected human rights advocate and community activist whose work has focused on inner city Boston and Africa. Rev. White-Hammond is co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, a retired pediatrician, and founder of Do the Right Thing, a church-based creative writing/mentoring program for African-American teen girls in Boston.