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MassBay Announces Framingham Mayor, Yvonne Spicer, as the 57th Commencement Speaker

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (April 30 2019) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce that Framingham Mayor, Yvonne Spicer, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 57th Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 23, 2019, on the Wellesley Hills campus.

“It is a great honor to have Framingham Mayor, Yvonne Spicer, deliver the keynote address at MassBay’s 57th Commencement ceremony,” said MassBay President, Dr. David Podell. “A long-time educator and advocate for STEM, she has fostered partnerships to support economic growth and improve the quality of life MetroWest residents. We are proud to work with her to build a solid economic future for the region, and we are deeply honored she can join our graduates for their special day and celebrate them with us.”

Spicer grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Brooklyn Technical High School, where she developed a passion for architecture and building structures from drawings. She continued her education at State University of New York, Oswego, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts and Technology and a Master’s of Science in Technology Education, as well as a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Mayor Spicer was sworn into office on January 1, 2018, as the first Mayor of the City of Framingham, the same day Framingham officially became a city. Prior to becoming Mayor of Framingham, Spicer was the Vice President for Advocacy and Educational Partnerships at Boston’s Museum of Science and an administrator for the Framingham and Newton public school districts. Mayor Spicer was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council in 2010 by former Governor, Deval Patrick, as the co-chair of the council’s teacher development committee and was reappointed in 2017 by Governor Charlie Baker to serve on the Computer Science and Engineering and Career Pathways committees. She served on the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts Office of the Treasurer Economic Empowerment Trust Fund, and the Standing Committee on Ways and Means. She is the 2017 President-Elect to the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA).

In addition to being the 2019 Commencement speaker, MassBay will honor the Mayor with the Distinguished Service Award. The MassBay Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals for their advocacy and service to MassBay and the communities we serve.

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