Residential College Student Speaker, Shashawna Mae Santiago Amaral '18.
Bay Path University's 121st Commencement Ceremony was held May 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. in the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA
Our Commencement Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipients
Massachusetts-based poet and writer Charles Coe was one of two honorary degree recipients and was the speaker at Bay Path’s 2018 Commencement. The author of two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon, Mr. Coe is a prolific wordsmith. His poems have appeared in literary reviews and anthologies including Poesis, The Mom Egg, Solstice Literary Review, and Urban Nature. Selected by the Associates of the Boston Public Library as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014,” he is also the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a Fellow of St. Botolph Club of Boston, and the 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston. Mr. Coe's work has been set to music by such composers as Beth Denisch and Robert Moran ("Requiem for Edith," 2009).
Dr. Vana Nespor, who retired from Bay Path in 2017, received an honorary degree at our 2018 Commencement. Joining Bay Path in 1999, Dr. Nespor was instrumental in launching the radical One-Day Program for adult women on the Longmeadow campus. In time, additional locations across the state were open to accommodate the overwhelming demand of the program, transforming the lives of thousands of women. A bold innovator in education, Dr. Nespor played a key role in the development of The American Women’s College, a revolutionary learning model serving adult women online. Prior to retirement, she undertook a comprehensive research program that confirmed the incredible impact of our unique educational model.