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121st Commencement Features Largest Graduating Class Ever

It was a river of mortar boards as the class of 2018 processed down the center aisle at the MassMutual Center on May 12. A record number of 1,017 graduates earned bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist in education degrees.

Dr. Charles Coe delivers the 121st Commencement SpeechMassachusetts-based poet and writer Charles Coe spoke at Bay Path’s 2018 Commencement and received an honorary doctorate degree. The author of two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the MoonCoe has earned many accolades for his writing including a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and recognition as a “Boston Literary Light for 2014” by the Boston Public Library. He was selected as an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, an organization that supports the arts and the humanities in Greater Boston. For 2016-2017, Coe was also chosen as an Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston.

Dr. Vana Nespor was also a recipient of an honorary doctorate degree at the ceremony. In 1999, she launched the innovative One-Day-A-Week Saturday Program—transforming the lives of adult women across the Commonwealth and throughout the country. Dr. Nespor also played a key role in the development of The American Women’s College, a revolutionary learning model now serving adult women online and on campus. Dr. Nespor retired in 2017 as Vice President of Special Initiatives.

Congratulations and Carpe Diem!