Mayor Walsh to Deliver 106th Commencement Address

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology announces Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as 2014 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

Boston, MA—The Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is pleased to announce that Mayor Martin J. Walsh will deliver the commencement address at the College’s 106th commencement ceremony on Saturday May 17th, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the College, located at 41 Berkeley Street in the historic South End. Mayor Walsh is being recognized by the College with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his commitment to civic responsibility, access to quality education for Boston youth, and promotion of workforce development.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014. In his first 101 days, Mayor Walsh and his administration began work to fulfill campaign promises and identified five priority areas for his administration, including strengthening the economy, improving public safety, ensuring that Boston Public Schools enable every child to succeed, increasing accessibility and transparency in city government, and serving all of Boston’s neighborhoods and residents.

Prior to his appointment as Mayor of Boston, he represented the 13th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. During his 16 years in the House, Mayor Walsh established himself as a leader on creating and protecting jobs and growing the economy.

Mayor Walsh was a co-founder and board member of the Neighborhood House Public Charter School. In the Legislature, he fought for annual funding for alternative schools and helped pass a law that allows the city to transform underperforming schools into pilot, magnet and in-district charter schools. As the head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, Mayor Walsh worked with business and community leaders and city officials to promote high quality development and new jobs for the city. In partnership with the Boston Housing Authority, he created Building Pathways, a pre-apprentice program connecting building trades jobs and opportunities with those traditionally underrepresented in the industry, mainly women and people of color.

Mayor Walsh lives in Dorchester and is a graduate of Boston College.

The College’s 106th Commencement
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology expects to confer approximately 180 Bachelor and Associate of Science degrees and Certificates in STEM fields. The College’s skills-based curriculum, strong partnership with industry, and innovative programs make Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology graduates a vital part of Boston’s knowledge economy. The College places 90% of its graduates into jobs or further higher education.

About Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a non-profit, technical college with approximately 500 students in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The College offers an array of programs leading to careers in Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Building Technology & Design, HVAC&R, Electrical Technology, and Eye Health Technology fields leading to certificate, associate, and bachelor degree credentials. The College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Additional information about the College and its programs can be found online at www.bfit.edu

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