We are pleased to announce our 2015 Commencement speaker: Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large. Graduates click here for more information about Commencement 2015.
Commencement Speaker Announcement
Ayanna was first elected to the Boston City Council on November 3, 2009, becoming the first woman of color ever elected to the Council. In her subsequent 2011 and 2013 re-election campaigns, Ayanna made history as the first person of color and the first woman in 30 years to top the ticket.
During her time in office, Ayanna created and chairs the City Council’s Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities. The Committee is devoted to the causes that she has always been most devoted to: stabilizing families and communities, reducing and preventing violence and trauma, combating poverty, and addressing issues that disproportionately impact women and girls.
Ayanna has earned local and national attention for her efforts to provide pathways to graduation for pregnant and parenting teens, ensure Boston high school students receive comprehensive sexual health education, diversify economic and wealth building opportunities for women and people of color, and strengthen support services for families of homicide victims and sexual assault survivors.
In March, Ayanna was named the 2015 EMILY’s List Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award recipient. She was also named one of Boston Magazine’s Power Players in Boston. In 2014, she was a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Ten Outstanding Young Leaders honoree, and earned the Victim Rights Law Center's Leadership Award. Ayanna is an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership (Class of 2012) and was selected as a Truman National Security Project Partner in 2012.
The Roxbury Community College Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM. More information on the commencement ceremony is avaialable on our website.