Press Release

Mayor Marty Walsh to Give Commencement Address at Bunker Hill Community College

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 42nd Commencement exercises, BHCC President Pam Eddinger announced today. The Commencement exercises will take place on May 21, 2016, on the Charlestown Campus.

Martin J. Walsh“Mayor Walsh has been a powerful force for public higher education, and a long-time friend of the College,” said Eddinger. “Our students will relate to the story of his educational journey and his path to professional success.”

The Mayor and the College have collaborated on innovative initiatives such as C-Town Tech, a program at Charlestown High School through which high school students can earn credits toward a degree in information technology at BHCC. In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development recently engaged BHCC as a Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative Partner to expand apprenticeship opportunities in construction and hospitality through a $3M federal grant.

Walsh was sworn in as Boston’s 54th mayor on January 6, 2014. His work has brought the city an array of awards and honors including the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group Smart Cities and Smart Community Engagement award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ National Historic Site in Journalism award. Last year his leadership earned Boston the City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In 2014 he received the Woods College of Advancing Studies first Distinguished Alumnus Award from Boston College.

A life-long Bostonian, Walsh was born and raised in Dorchester. He earned a degree in political science at Boston College while working full-time as a legislator. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1997 to 2013, representing Boston’s 13th Suffolk District. Beginning in Laborers Local 223 in Boston, Walsh rose to head the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District from 2011 to 2013.

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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).