Former U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III To Deliver Keynote Address At Nichols College Convocation And Presidential Investiture

September 21, 2021

DUDLEY, Mass. – Joseph P. Kennedy III, who served as a U.S. Representative for eight years, will be the featured speaker at the Nichols College Convocation ceremony on Friday, September 24, 2021.

The Convocation, which traditionally represents the start of the academic year and a welcome to the incoming class, will also feature the investiture of Glenn M. Sulmasy, JD, LL.M as the eighth president of Nichols College.

The ceremony, dubbed “Celebration of Us,” will emphasize the recent achievements of the campus community as it ushers in a new era with Sulmasy, who began his presidency on July 1. The program will include student and alumni speakers, in addition to the remarks from Kennedy, and conclude with Sulmasy’s inaugural speech following the installation.

Kennedy was the U.S. Representative for the Massachusetts 4th Congressional District from 2013 to 2021, serving on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Prior to his election, he was an assistant district attorney on the Cape and Islands and in Middlesex County. Since leaving office, Kennedy founded Project Groundwork, which focuses on boosting local community organizing efforts throughout the country. He also serves as a political commentator for CNN, and in June 2021, was appointed by President Joseph Biden to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Kennedy is the son of U.S. Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II and grandson of the late U.S. Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.

Before coming to Nichols, Sulmasy served as the provost and chief academic officer of Bryant University. He has been a law professor at the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he led the Department of Humanities, and a lecturer at the UConn School of Law, Roger Williams Law School, UC Berkley School of Law, and Harvard University. He is a visiting fellow at George Mason University School of Law. Sulmasy is widely published on national security matters and has served as a subject matter expert/commentator for the Los Angeles Times, CBS News Radio, National Public Radio, CNN International, US News & World Report, the New York Times, and numerous other national media outlets.

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