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UMass Holds 144th Undergraduate Commencement


AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — The area’s largest graduation ceremony got underway Friday.

UMass Amherst held it’s 144th Commencement at McGurik Alumni Stadium.

Some 5,500 seniors and more than 20,000 guests attended.

This year’s commencement speaker was Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick.

Also at the ceremony, honorary doctoral degrees were presented to retired U.S. Rep. John Olver and New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins.

Olver, a former UMass Amherst chemistry professor, represented Massachusetts in Congress from 1991 to 2013. He received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Collins earned a master’s degree in government from UMass Amherst in 1970. She’s receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

At the graduate commencement ceremony Friday morning about 1,200 candidates received master’s and doctoral degrees.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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