Commencement 2012 Student Speakers

April 11, 2012

Every year, Wheelock College selects one graduating Senior and one Graduate Student to address their classes at Commencement. This year, the honor goes to Graduating Senior Tamara Pace-Emerson and Graduate Student Thomas W. Bentley.

Tamara Pace-EmersonPace-Emerson will be graduating with a professional major in Elementary Education, as well as a Bachelors of Math and Science. She also has a minor in Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy. She has lived in the Boston area almost all of her life and dedicated two years to City Year Boston prior to attending Wheelock. It was during this time that Tam learned about her passion for community service, children and education. Tam also went to London during her sophomore year to be part of a four-person start-up team for the first ever City Year London site. Tam recently accepted a summer Research Fellowship with the American Cancer Society.

Thomas BentleyBentley will receive an M.S. from Wheelock College's Organizational Leadership program. He studied Philosophy at Roger Williams University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Varsity Sailing Team. Mr. Bentley is currently the Youth Outreach Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. He resides in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

Earlier, the College announced that for the first time, the College will hold two separate Commencement ceremonies this year, both on Friday, May 11, 2012. The need for the dual ceremonies arose because of Wheelock's increasing success in the number of seniors and graduate students participating in each year's Commencement Ceremony.

Jane AlexanderThe College is also pleased to announce that Ms. Jane Alexander, Wintley Phippsnoted actor and arts advocate, will deliver the Undergraduate Commencement address and Mr. Wintley Phipps, renowned vocal artist and education activist, will deliver the Graduate Commencement address. Award-winning children's book author and advocate for children's literacy Ms. Kathryn Lasky '78MS will be awarded an honorary degree. The theme of the 2012 Commencement ceremony is "Transforming Lives through the Arts and Education." 

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