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On June 3, 2011, the University of Massachusetts Boston celebrated its 43rd Commencement with a record-breaking 3,637 graduates.

Dr. Muriel Howard, the first African American and female president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), delivered the principal address. She received a Chancellor's Medal for her outstanding contributions and commitment to public higher education, educational leadership, community, and diversity.

James A. Calhoun, head coach of the University of Connecticut’s NCAA Championship winning basketball team, also received a Chancellor’s Medal.

Larry Lucchino, president and CEO of the Red Sox; Charles Rose, senior vice president and dean of City Year; and Frances West, director of the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center received honorary degrees.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley awarded the 2011 John F. Kennedy Award to Alia MacPherson, a student in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The award is given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies academic excellence, commitment to service, and good citizenship.

Also during the ceremony, professor of Psychology Alice Carter received the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Scholarship, Professor of English Vivian Zamel received the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and Professor of Biology Manickam Sugumaran received the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Service.

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Photos by Harry Brett and Margaret Brett