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The crowd was near capacity at the MassMutual Center in Springfield to see over 700 Bay Path undergraduates and graduates receive their degrees. The May 7 event was preceded by a week of traditional celebrations, including the ever-popular Strawberries and Champagne, Physician Assistant Graduation, and the Doctoral Hooding.  

At the 126th Commencement, the University was honored to bestow an honorary doctor of humane letters upon Helen Caulton-Harris, commissioner of the Division of Health and Human Services for the city of Springfield and the first Black woman to hold that title.

Diane Almonte Arias ’23 was selected to be the 2023 Bay Path Student Commencement Speaker.
Helen Caulton-Harris receives her honorary degree citation. From left to right: Dr. John Caron, interim vice president of Academic Affairs; Helen Caulton-Harris; President Sandra J. Doran; and Carrie Burr ’86, chair of the Board of Trustees.
Mary Ann Spencer, CFA, a member of the Board of Trustees, presents the Eagle Award to Faith Anne Ruggiero ’23.
Jonathan Besse, a member of the Board of Trustees and immediate past chair, presents the Pathfinder Award to Jessica Howes ’23.