Tufts University

Deval Patrick

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Deval Patrick an honorary degree during the University's 153rd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17, 2009.

[ Biography | Honorary Degree ]

Commencement 2009

Governor Deval Patrick, your personal story is evidence that the American Dream lives. You traveled the long journey from poverty on the south side of Chicago to the highest reaches of American society. Your extraordinary talents were clear from an early age. A scholarship to Milton Academy opened your eyes to a world that would later encompass Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, you chose public service, advocating for equality and the rights of the disenfranchised. As Assistant Attorney General of the United States for Civil Rights, you worked to ensure that the dream of Dr. King was in fact a reality for the citizens of this great nation. As the Commonwealth’s first African American Governor, you made history. Now, you are using the power of your office to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities that you enjoyed. Among your highest priorities are improving the quality of our schools, broadening access to higher education, guaranteeing health care for all, and promoting research as a cornerstone of our economy. You have articulated a compelling vision for economic recovery, making difficult decisions while showing compassion for those less fortunate. Governor Patrick, in recognition of your distinguished contributions to law and public policy, and in recognition of the inspiring example you offer to all, Tufts University proudly presents to you the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

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This story originally ran on May 17, 2009.