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Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito to Speak at MCPHS University Commencement at Gillette Stadium on May 6

Karyn Polito, the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of MassachusettsMCPHS University announced today that Karyn Polito, the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, will address the University’s graduates at its Commencement ceremonies at Gillette Stadium on May 6. Two thousand seventeen marks the fourth straight year the university has held its Commencement at the home of the New England Patriots. During the ceremony, MCPHS will also award the Lt. Governor with an honorary degree.  

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

Elected alongside Governor Charlie Baker in November of 2014 on a platform of making Massachusetts great for everyone, Lieutenant Governor Polito continues 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. In 2001, Polito ran for State Representative and won, proudly representing the residents of the 11th Worcester District (Shrewsbury and Westborough) for five terms.

As lieutenant governor, Polito has served as co-chair of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and work to expand access to high-quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth. Most recently she has led administration’s effort to get more Massachusetts companies to hire high school students as STEM interns, helping students get a jump on a career, while creating a talent pipeline for the state’s employers. Polito has also served as the administration’s primary contact for local government, been a champion for the state’s vocational schools, and led efforts around combatting sexual assault and domestic violence.

Founded in 1823, MCPHS University (formerly known as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), is Boston’s oldest college or university. MCPHS currently enrolls more than 7,500 students on its campuses in Boston, Worcester, and Manchester, New Hampshire, and offers 68 graduate, professional and undergraduate degrees in the health sciences.