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On June 1, 2012, the University of Massachusetts Boston celebrated its 44th Commencement with more than 3,800 graduates.

Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, a former United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General and former president of the UN Security Council, delivered the principal address. Chowdhury received a Chancellor’s Medal for Global Leadership for Peace.

Chowdhury was joined on the stage by honorary degree recipients Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College; Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, co-founders of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria; and philanthropist and advocate for the blind Carla Lynton, who also accepted a degree on behalf of her husband Ernest Lynton, who was honored posthumously for his service to higher education in Massachusetts.

Chancellor J. Keith Motley awarded the 2012 John F. Kennedy Award to Albert Chen, a social psychology major in the College of Liberal Arts. The award is given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies academic excellence, commitment to service, and good citizenship.

Also during the ceremony, Department Chairman of American Studies Rachel Rubin and Professor of English John Tobin received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Scholarship. Graduate Program Director and Professor of Sociology Stephanie Hartwell received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and Professor of Psychology Joan Liem received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service.

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Photos by Harry Brett and Margaret Brett