Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito Announced as 2017 MCPHS Commencement Speaker

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito Announced as 2017 MCPHS Commencement Speaker

February 23, 2017

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    Karyn Polito, the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will address Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) graduates at Commencement ceremonies at Gillette Stadium on May 6, 2017.

    MCPHS President Charles F. Monahan, Jr., BSP '62 made the announcement this week.

    “Along with Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito has shown a commitment to improving access to quality healthcare and tackled the opioid crisis head-on,” President Monahan said in his announcement. “As we send more than 1,900 students out into the world to change the future of healthcare delivery, we are delighted to have the Lieutenant Governor address our newly minted graduates.”

    During the ceremony, MCPHS will award an honorary degree to Lt. Governor Polito.

    MCPHS commencement ceremony recognizes graduates of our Boston, Worcester, and Manchester, NH campuses, as well as our online school. This is the fourth consecutive year that MCPHS has held Commencement at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

    The University will be live posting on social media from the ceremony using hashtag #MCPHS17.

    About Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

    Lieutenant Governor Polito has a long career of public service to the Commonwealth. She began her public service in local government, serving as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen. Starting in 2001, Polito served as state representative for the 11th Worcester district (Shrewsbury and Westborough) for five terms.

    Elected alongside Governor Charlie Baker in November of 2014, Lt. Governor Polito has focused on a broad range of issues throughout her time in office, including issues related to STEM education and the health sciences.

    Lt. Governor Polito serves as co-chair of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, an expanded initiative designed to connect high school students to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) internships across the Commonwealth. The Council has identified priority areas to advance STEM education in the Commonwealth, including developing more early college career pathways.

    She has also served on the Robert H. Goddard Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and hosted the annual “Women in Science” conference in Worcester.