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MassBay Announces Dr. Emmett Price as the 59th Commencement Speaker

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Emmet G. Price III WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (May 6, 2021) – MassBay Community College is pleased to announce Dr. Emmett G. Price III, of Framingham, MA, will be the keynote speaker for the College’s 59th Commencement exercise on Thursday, May 27, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Commencement ceremony will be held virtually.

“We are delighted to welcome such an accomplished scholar, orator, and deep thinker to keynote our Commencement exercises this year,” said MassBay President Dr. David Podell. “His life’s work is closely aligned with the equity agenda we’ve been aggressively pursuing here at MassBay, so his Address will be especially relevant to our graduates. He is also a special friend of the College. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Price back to MassBay for this very special event.”

Dr. Price is one of the nation’s leading experts on African American music, music of the African Diaspora, African American culture, the Black church, Christian worship, Black popular culture, hip hop culture, and youth culture. He has spent much of the past few decades writing, lecturing, and studying how to bridge the generational divide. Dr. Price is a well-regarded scholar, educator, and public speaker, who has the rare ability to capture the hearts and minds of the most diverse and versatile audiences with his compassionate sense of humor. He is currently a Professor of Worship, Church, and Culture, and the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Price also served as a member of the MassBay Board of Trustees from 2013-2016.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Price received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of California, Berkley and earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Music from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned a Master of Arts in Urban Ministry Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Photo of Emmett G Price III  courtesy Bearwalk Cinema

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.

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