Massbay Comunity College

MassBay Announces Alumnus and Boston Police Officer Jean JeanLouis as the 55th Commencement Speaker

WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (May 11, 2017) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that MassBay Alumnus and Boston Police Officer Jean JeanLouis, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 55th Commencement on Thursday, May 18th at the Wellesley Hills campus.

"We are honored to have Jean JeanLouis as this year's Commencement Speaker,” said MassBay President Dr. David Podell. “His life and work so far stands as a testament to the power of education and the importance of service and giving back to your own community. As an alumnus of MassBay, Officer JeanLouis graduated and forged his own path forward. Now, today's graduates will forge their own path. As they start on their own journey, I am sure they will greatly benefit from hearing his message."

“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be the 2017 MassBay Commencement speaker,” said JeanLouis. “I am truly humbled for the opportunity to return and provide a special message to this year’s graduates. MassBay is an exceptional place, with exceptional people, which helped shape my career.”

JeanLouis immigrated to Boston from Haiti with his family when he was 3 years old and attended Boston Public Schools. He dreamed of becoming a Boston Police Officer and giving back to the community he calls home. It was his goal to find ways to make a positive impact. JeanLouis graduated MassBay in 2007 with an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice before achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has worked for the Boston Police Department since 2007 and has been Boston Police Officer in the Youth Violence Strike Force since 2012. During his career he has earned numerous commendations for going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety of the City of Boston. He is the recipient of the 2016 Jeremiah J. Hurley Jr. Medal of Honor Award, 2014 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor’s Citation, 2014 Boston Police Foundation Hero’s Award, 2014 Boston Police John J. Mulligan Medal of Honor, 2013 Boston Police Schroeder Brothers Medal (the highest commendation that a Police Officer can receive from the Boston Police Department), and the 2013 Boston Police Medal of Honor. In addition, in May 2014 JeanLouis was the recipient of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) Top Cops Award in a White House ceremony with President Barack Obama, honoring his heroism during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the regional intense manhunt and capture of the suspects.

He is currently working towards his Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership at Northeastern University and is set to graduate this July as a member of the Order of the Shield National Honor Society. JeanLouis is a proud resident of the City of Boston.

In addition to being the 2017 Commencement speaker, MassBay will honor JeanLouis with the Distinguished Service Award. The MassBay Distinguished Service Award is given out to individuals for their advocacy and service to MassBay and the communities we serve. This year, MassBay will award two Distinguished Service Awards to JeanLouis and long-time MassBay Criminal Justice Professor Marc Stanton.

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MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.