Tufts University

Margaret A. Leonard

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

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Commencement 2009

Sister Margaret Leonard, it is often said that one measure of the justness of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. By this measure, you have devoted your life to making ours a more just society. At Project Hope, you have helped to lift countless families and individuals out of poverty. You understood that if we are to successfully combat homelessness, we must address all its root causes. Knowing that healthy communities depend on the well being of individuals and families, throughout your career, you have worked tirelessly to empower people. Sister Margaret, more than sixty years have passed since the Little Sisters of the Assumption first arrived to help meet the needs of the poor of Dorchester for food, shelter and education. But your congregationís enduring faith and creativity have helped Project Hope successfully meet the ever changing needs of an exceptionally diverse neighborhood. Because of your leadership, vision, and determination, many immigrant families and individuals in Dorchester and Roxbury now live independent, productive lives. For your contributions to humnanity and your role as a catalyst for change, Tufts University gratefully confers upon you the degree of Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa.

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This story originally ran on May 17, 2009.