Press Release

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to Give Commencement Address at Bunker Hill Community College

Thursday, May 20, 2021

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s (BHCC) 47th Commencement exercises, in a virtual celebration on May 27 at 6 p.m.

Secretary Blinken headshot“We are honored to have Secretary Blinken as this year’s Commencement speaker,” said BHCC President Pam Eddinger. “His commitment to fight for the interests and values of the American people and his insistence on equity and opportunity speaks to the very heart of Bunker Hill Community College”.

In addition to serving in President Biden’s administration, Blinken served in the Obama and Clinton administrations spanning over three decades shaping U.S. foreign policy. Blinken is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.

The virtual ceremony will include remarks from Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Carlos Santiago, Board of Trustees Chair William Walczak, President Dr. Pam Eddinger, Provost Dr. Jim Canniff, Student Government Association President David Ernesto Kim Brady, and other special guests.

BHCC Deans will be reading the names of graduates in each of their divisions. There will be a special recognition to nine early college graduates who will receive their associate’s degree and high school diploma consecutively.

This celebration is open to the public and will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live.

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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).