Celebrating the Class of 2022
BHCC brings Commencement back to campus for this year’s graduating class.
On Thursday, May 26, 2022, BHCC held its first in-person graduation ceremony in three years with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu addressing graduates as keynote speaker and recipient of the College’s Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her advocacy on behalf of Boston students and their access to education and essential services, as well as critical initiatives such as paid parental leave, healthcare equity, and gender equity. The award is given annually to a leader in Greater Boston who exemplifies service to the BHCC community and to the communities it serves.
"...here, you were told: Let us know what you need in order to learn. Let us help you accomplish your goals.” –Boston Mayor Michelle Wu
“Bunker Hill is an incredible college—dedicated to creating opportunities, and opening doors, for all its students,” Mayor Wu said to gathered students, faculty, and staff. “But it is an even more incredible community. I have heard from students who came here afraid that their past performance would determine their future opportunities… And in every case, no matter your situation, I know that, here, you were told: Let us know what you need in order to learn. Let us help you accomplish your goals.”
BHCC President Pam Eddinger presided over the ceremony in which 1,299 graduates were awarded an associate degree or certificate. “If you use your power to actualize your own potential, if you use your power to affirm your own dignity, then you can reach across to your neighbor and join your power to theirs,” Eddinger told graduates. “We rise, together.”
Professor of Biology and Chemistry Libby Dunphy gave the faculty address to the graduating class. “Today...you should be proud of yourself. You have earned this,” Dunphy said. “I hope you know that you are an inspiration to me. It is a pleasure to teach students who are hard-working, serious, and above-all curious.”
In addition to Wu, two other awards were presented at the ceremony. This year’s Trustees’ Distinguished Service Award was presented by Board of Trustees Vice Chair R. Kelly Cameron to the co-chairs of the College’s ReOpen Task Force, Transition Team, and Mental Health Commission, each of which were deeply involved in planning and policy-making at the college during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eddinger also presented College Student Government Association President Chase Baker with the President’s Leadership Award, given annually to a student who exemplifies leadership at the College. “As we face our next challenges, don’t forget that you and you alone–not family, not social expectations–define what constitutes your success,” Baker said. “And don't be surprised if that changes throughout your career. Whatever the future may hold, now is the time for celebration! You should all be immensely proud of what you have achieved.”
SGA President Chase Baker receives the President’s Leadership Award.