Governor Deval Patrick ’74 to Address Class of 2012 at Graduation
by Benjamin Scharfstein on Friday, February 17th, 2012
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ’74 will speak at this year’s graduation, scheduled for June 8, 2012, members of the graduation committee announced to Class I students this Tuesday.
The announcement was received well by the senior class. “I think its really cool to have the governor speak at your graduation,” said Matt Chen (I). “It’s exciting,” added Evan Garnick (II).
The committee that chose Patrick consisted of nine volunteer Class I students. The group narrowed down an initial list of over fifty candidates to their top three choices. Kristin Ostrem, Director of Annual Programs and adviser to the committee, alerted committee members on Monday of the news. Two members of the group announced the news to the class the following morning.
Despite being called a “little-known gubernatorial long shot,” by the Milton Magazine, in 2006 Patrick defeated former Milton parent and former Lieutenant Governor under Mitt Romney, Kerry Healey, in the gubernatorial election. He became the first African-American and first Milton alumnus to serve as governor of the Commonwealth.
Governor Patrick has returned to speak several times since graduating. In 2002, Patrick was the MLK day speaker, and in 1993 he spoke at graduation.
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