Governor to address commencement at UMass Amherst
AMHERST — Gov. Deval L. Patrick, completing his second term in office, will offer the main address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst undergraduate commencement in May.
The university announced Wednesday that Patrick will be at the May 9 event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, in which 5,000 students will receive bachelor’s degrees.
UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said in a statement that Patrick, the state’s first black governor and just the second in the nation, is both a welcome friend of the university and a stalwart supporter of the campus.
“Gov. Patrick has demonstrated how to succeed in both the public and private sector by harnessing the power of education,” Subbaswamy said. “He also understands the economic and social good that can be generated by the research and intellectual inquiry that takes place at a great land grant university such as UMass Amherst.”
Patrick’s support for the flagship campus has been demonstrated through measures such as the higher education bond bill in 2008, in which $450 million was earmarked for a new academic building and two new research facilities at UMass.
Last June, Patrick was on campus to speak about allocating $95 million for life-science research on campus.