2014 Lasell College Commencement Speaker Joseph Abboud 2013

Fashion Designer Joseph Abboud to Address Graduates
at 2014 Commencement 

Joseph Abboud, a leader in American fashion design for more than 25 years, will deliver the commencement address for Lasell College on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Known for his eponymous fashion and lifestyle label, Abboud has led a successful career in the fashion industry with award-winning designs from his own label and later collaborations with other designers and merchandisers, including Hart Schaffner Marx and Hickey Freeman.

“Joseph Abboud is an example of an American success story who has stayed true to his beliefs and sensibilities. I am confident he will have sound advice to share with our graduates as they prepare to enter the world of work,” said Lasell President Michael B. Alexander.

Abboud began his fashion career in the Boston area, working first for Louis Boston as a buyer, merchandiser, and Coordinator of Promotion and Advertising, then for Polo/Ralph Lauren as a director of menswear design.

In 1986, he launched his famous menswear label, dressing notable celebrities and politicians, and also created additional design collections including eyewear, footwear, jewelry and home furnishings bearing his name.  Most recently he became creative director for national retailer Men’s Wearhouse Inc. to relaunch his Heritage Label as part of the Joseph Abboud brand.

Abboud is the author of Threads, his autobiography, and the recipient of multiple fashion industry awards including the Menswear Designer of the Year award two years in a row, The Cutty Sark Award, and the Woolmark Award. He has also been honored by the Japanese government and the U.S Department of Commerce for his contributions to the industry.

Born in Boston, Mass., the long-time Red Sox fan received his BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. He resides in Chestnut Hill, MA and Bedford, NY with his wife Lynn and is the father of two daughters.

At Commencement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Taylor Field at Lasell's Newton, MA campus, Abboud will also receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters.


Senior Commencement Letter
Click here for a link to the email announcement to seniors from Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin.

Senior Commencement Announcements
All graduating seniors are entitled to 5 free commencement announcements. These are available in the Office of Student Activities beginning April 2014. Additional announcements can be purchased for $1 each by cash or check. The Office of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Arnow Campus Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Intent to Graduate
May graduates must complete an "Intent to Graduate" form, available at the Office of the Registrar.  If you have not yet completed this form, please immediately contact the Office of the Registrar in Potter Hall at 617-243-2133.

Undergraduate Speaker Selection
To submit a speech for consideration, please email a WORD document to jgranger@lasell.eduby March 4, 2014. Questions about this process may be addressed to Jennifer Granger, Director of Student Activities and Orientation. Click here for more information.

Yearbook Pictures

Senior Portraits must be submitted to the Yearbook Office by March 1, 2014. A second round of yearbook portraits will take place February 18-20, 2014. These will be the final on campus appointments available for senior portraits. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis. There is no fee to have your portrait taken. Seniors may also submit your own photo or one taken by a professional.  Contact the Office of Student Activities with questions at 617-243-2475 or

Yearbook Ads for Grads
Families wishing to purchase an Ad for Grad space in the 2014 yearbook with a message to a graduating senior should return order forms by Tuesday, April 1, 2014. This is the first year we are offering an online creation option at See the letter and form from the Yearbook Editor and Advisor for more information.

Academic Regalia
Graduates will be able to purchase their caps and gowns for Commencement at the Life After Lasell Fair on Thursday, April 3, 2014. After this date, they will be available to purchase for $34 directly from the Donahue's Bookstore in the Arnow Campus Center. Questions may be directed to

Student Accounts
All graduates participating in the Commencement must have accounts in good standing. Please review your student account prior to Friday, March 28, 2014 to see if you have any stops or a balance due.Students who have an outstanding balance due to any College department (i.e. tuition and fees, parking fines, Conduct System fines and library fines) must clear it through the issuing department in order to participate.

Commencement Ceremony Pronunciation
If you believe that either your first or last name has a unique pronunciation, or is spelled differently than it is pronounced, please call 617-795-5600 (x5600) and follow the directions in the message. Please also specify how, and whether, to announce your middle name or initial. We encourage you to consider leaving an email with this information versus calling - if you feel you can explain the pronunciation over email tha often works better. Please send the email directly to Activing Vice President Steve Bloom at Please note that the deadline for receiving voice mail or email information on how to pronounce your name is May 9, 2014.

Hotel Arrangements
Family and friends are encouraged to make reservations early, as hotels will fill up quickly.View more recommended hotels.

Special Needs
For graduates or guests who require special accommodations, please contact the Office of Plant Operations at 617-243-2220 or email Ms. Roxy Connolly at to make arrangements after Tuesday, May 9, 2014.

Class Rings and Personalized Graduation Announcements from Balfour
If you are interested in ordering a Lasell College class ring or personalized graduation announcements from Balfour, please visit the Lasell College Balfour website by clicking here. For more details please visit the Donahue Bookstore or e-mail them at

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