Lasell Holds 160th Commencement

Lasell Holds 160th Commencement

May 18, 2014

Lasell College held its 160th commencement exercises Sunday, May 18, granting 335 Baccalaureate degrees and 125 Master's degrees, before an audience packed with family, friends, and members of the Lasell community.

Commencement speaker fashion icon Joseph Abboud delivered a speech that highlighted a personal story of passion and perseverance at an early point in his career. That experience set the stage for his success in the fashion world.

"Prepare to find the truth, beauty and wisdom of your own story," said Abboud, who like many of the graduates, was the first in his family to go to college.

Abboud, well known for his eponymous menswear and fashion label, has been an American fashion leader for 30 years. The award-winning designer is currently the creative director for national retailer Men's Wearhouse where he has relaunched his Heritage label under the Joseph Abboud brand.

Abboud went on to encourage the graduates to embrace life as an adventure and to weather the highs and lows they may experience along their own career paths.

The audience also heard messages from Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander, who asked the Class of 2014 - which helped create Lasell's Values to Live By -- to continue to work hard to be good people.

"I believe truth and love illuminate the path to happiness," he said.

Class of 2014 undergraduate student speaker Sara Roberts and graduate student speaker Claudine Kay Jenkins also urged the graduating class to embrace the discomfort of new situations and remember their time at Lasell.

The commencement exercises also honored one faculty and one staff member with awards for excellence in educational leadership: Graphic Design Professor Stephen Fischer and Dean of Undergraduate Admission James Tweed.