Commencement 2014 Honorees
To better accommodate all of our graduates and their families, the College held two separate Commencement ceremonies on May 16.
Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
The Commencement theme was "Innovation. Access. Opportunity." Our distinguished honorary degree recipients were exceptional individuals dedicated to increasing access to quality healthcare and education for children and families around the globe.
Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Dr. Howard K. Koh serves as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2009, Dr. Koh assumed this position after a long and distinguished career in public health. As Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Koh oversees 12 public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commission Corps. He serves as senior public health advisor to the Secretary in implementing an array of interdisciplinary programs relating to disease prevention, health promotion, the reduction of health disparities, women's and minority health, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, chronic infections diseases, and health fitness and promotion. Dr. Koh is dedicated to the mission of creating better public health systems for prevention and care so that all people can reach their highest attainable standard of health.
BostInno named Wheelock's Undergraduate Commencement speaker, Dr. Howard K. Koh, to its list of "25 Famed Commencement Speakers Gracing Boston This Season." Read the full article.
David C. Banks
Graduate Commencement Speaker
David C. Banks is the President and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the founding principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. Since opening in 2004, the Eagle Academy family has grown to include a total of three schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, and is expanding its vision to Newark and other cities in the United States.
Eagle Academy is based on the belief that a nurturing institution which believes that excellence, both in character and scholarship, opens doors and provides a bridge to equality. The Eagle Academies represent a partnership between students, school staff, parents, mentors and community partners, who are all committed to the guiding principles of academic excellence, leadership and character development. Since its inception, Eagle Academy has graduated young men who are making a difference in their communities and in the nation.
Honorary Degree Recipient
Mary Tiseo is Executive Director of South Africa Partners, a nonprofit organization facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between U.S. and South Africa in the areas of health and education. Working with community organizations, academic institutions, and state and local government, SA Partners brings together practitioners from both countries who are committed to addressing social, political, and economic needs in a manner that strengthens communities, builds institutional capacity, and fosters local leadership.