May 25, 2018

2018 UMass Boston Undergraduate Ceremony

Doors:                          7:00 a.m.
Procession Begins:      8:45 a.m.
Event Begins:               9:30 a.m.
On Friday, May 25, 2018, Geoffrey Canada, will address the class of 2018. A video of Mr. Canada's address will be posted after the ceremony.
Best known for his advocacy for children and families in Harlem neighborhoods, Geoffrey Canada has been a leading figure in the field of urban education for more than 30 years and his block-by-block approach to combatting poverty via intensive educational and social intervention is seen as a national model. Canada will be the principal speaker at our undergraduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 25, at TD Garden.
He is the president and former CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, served as co-chair of the Commission on Economic Opportunity, and was later appointed to the New York State Governor’s Council of Economic and Fiscal Advisors. In addition to being an advisor and board member of several nonprofit organizations, Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America (1995; reissued as a graphic novel in 2010) and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America (1998). He has also written for a number of publications, including op-eds for The New York Times and Daily News. Canada received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
All guests should allow for extra time when coming to the TD Garden on Friday, May 25. Heavy traffic is expected in the area and parking in the North Station Garage will be limited.
 Guests are also reminded that TD Garden's current policies will remain in effect, including walk-through metal detection systems where fans will be screened prior to entry. Guests are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and allow adequate time for entry. Cameras/video without a detachable lens are permitted. No wrapped gifts or helium balloons will be allowed into the arena. Flowers will be permitted.
 For guests' convenience, flowers will also be available purchase at TD Garden at level 2 turnstiles and on the level 4 concourse at Loge sections 4 & 19.
 Please visit UMass Boston’s website for more information for graduates and guests: