Nichols College Names Mass. Governor Charlie Baker 2016 Commencement Speaker

DUDLEY, Mass.—Jan. 29, 2016—Nichols College announced today that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will deliver the address at the College’s 201st Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at the DCU Center in Worcester. During the ceremony, Governor Baker will also receive an honorary doctoral degree in public administration from the College. The event starts at 10:30 a.m.

“When the 2016 graduating class of Nichols College receives their diplomas, they will be well prepared to enter the workforce, serve their communities, and positively impact the Commonwealth and beyond,” said Governor Baker. “I’m honored to join this celebration to recognize Nichols graduates and their families as they prepare a new, exciting chapter in life.”

Elected in November 2014 as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of the Massachusetts, Baker has served as Cabinet Secretary under Governors William Weld and the late Argeo Paul Cellucci. In 1992, he served as Secretary of Health and Human Services; in 1994, he was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance. Recognizing his leadership and innovation, the National Governors’ Association honored him in 1998 with the Distinguished Service Award. In his private sector career, Baker was Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1999 to 2009. Under his leadership, the company was named seven years in a row one of Boston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work.”

“Governor Baker has been a highly successful leader of complex organizations in business and government over the course of his career,” said Nichols College President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D. “He has also made significant contributions to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As Nichols College aims to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, I expect that our graduating seniors will find inspiration from Governor Baker’s address. We look forward to welcoming him to be part of their important day.”

Raised in Needham, Baker attended Massachusetts public schools and is a graduate of Harvard College. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Governor Baker and his wife, Lauren, have been involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors. They live in Swampscott, and have three children: Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.


Nichols College is a college of choice for business and leadership education as a result of its distinctive career-focused and leadership-based approaches to learning, both in and out of the classroom.

Founded in 1815, Nichols transforms today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education. Nichols serves students interested primarily in a comprehensive business education that is supported by a strong liberal arts curriculum.

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Lorraine U. Martinelle
Director of Public Relations
Nichols College
Dudley, Mass.
Tel. 508-213-2219
Twitter: @NicholsNewsroom

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