Press Release

BHCC To Celebrate 36th Commencement

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Boston, June 1, 2010. Bunker Hill Community College will hold its 36th Commencement Exercise on Saturday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m. at the Charlestown campus.

Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Director of  Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and recipient of the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, will be the College’s Commencement speaker.

Dr. Carson, one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons, is also an eminent scholar, author and philanthropist. Carson’s early life was marked by constant struggle and poverty.   In his autobiographical work, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” he recounts not “making the grade” at school. But, thanks to an iron will to succeed, he went to Yale University on a full scholarship. At Yale, he received a B.A. in Psychology, and then went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

Dr. Carson is renowned for his innovative and groundbreaking neurosurgeries. He has been widely praised for his expertise in surgical treatment of all types of  brain seizures. One of his most famous surgeries involved separating twins joined at their heads.

At  the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Dr. Carson holds professorships in four specialties: Neurological Surgery, Oncology, Pediatrics, and Plastic Surgery. He has received 40 honorary doctorate degrees and hundreds of other awards. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and is an emeritus fellow of the Yale Corporation, the governing body of Yale.

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).