Dix Scholars pose for group photo after Commencement ceremony

Celebrating the 113th Simmons Commencement

We're still buzzing with excitement from the 113th Simmons Commencement! In front of their friends and families, 301 undergraduate and over 1,000 graduate students received their Simmons degrees. This inspiring day included Commencement addresses from bestselling and highly decorated author Jacqueline Woodson and longtime non-profit leader Joan Wallace-Benjamin.

In our morning undergraduate ceremony, President Helen Drinan welcomed attendees and introduced the student speaker, Tozoe Marton '18, whose speech was selected out of a record number of submissions. 

Marton spoke of her journey from Ghana to Simmons and thanked her father and step-mother for fostering her passion for learning. Marton credited Simmons for linking this passion to "a lifelong purpose" and concluded with a call to action for her fellow graduates: "we must use the tools we have gained at Simmons to guide us and create positive change in the world."

2018 Class President, Maggie Belfi '18 was presented with the Joan Melber Warburg '45, '97HD Leadership Award. This honor is awarded to a Simmons senior who displays commendable leadership abilities and devotes these abilities to making positive change. 

In her undergraduate Commencement address, Woodson challenged the graduates to step out of their comfort zones and to help others whenever they are able. “You, my fierce Simmons Class of 2018, have a story to tell," said Woodson. "You have a right now, to do the work you were meant to do."

Woodson was presented with an honorary degree along with Frieda Garcia, the founding director of La Alianza Hispana and former executive director of United South End Settlements (USES).

A record number of Masters and Doctoral degrees were granted in the afternoon graduate Commencement ceremony.

During her graduate Commencement address, Joan Wallace-Benjamin encouraged graduates to become involved and use their abilities to make positive change in their communities:

"As you graduate and move into the next phase," said Wallace -Benjamin, "don’t just ask yourself what you want to be, but instead what problems you want to solve."

Wallace-Benjamin received an honorary degree along with the Honorable Leslie E. Harris, Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court (Ret.).

Congratulations to our 2018 Simmons graduates! For more highlights from Commencement check out #Sims18 on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Read More

School of Business


May

18

Celebrating Our 2018 Graduates
Congratulations to our graduates!

May

17

Singing the Song of Simmons
Do you know the lyrics to this iconic Simmons tune?

May

15

Seniors Share: My Simmons Moment
Graduating seniors share their Simmons moments!

May

4

School of Business Celebrates the 2018 Honor Society Inductees
Congratulations to the exceptional inductees of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society!

Apr

30

Simmons Entrepreneurship Class Wins Business Feasibility Competition
Professor Teresa Nelson's entrepreneurship class seeks to build unity on campus with their company, SimScenes Stickers.

Apr

24

Where Are They Now? Allison Palmer '17MBA
Allison discusses her new role as Associate Brand Manager of Homecare Innovation for Seventh Generation.

Mar

28

An Easy Internship Trick from Kayla Humel '18
Kayla reflects on her experience as SGA president and how Simmons has set her on the path to succeed.

Mar

27

Simmons Students Network with Influential Women Leaders
School of Business Liaison Club attends the 27th Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference.

Mar

2

Where Are They Now? Robby Robertson '15MHA
Robertson tells us about his experience as the Chief Facilities Officer for Lahey Health System.

Feb

16

How News Coverage is Impacting ExxonMobil’s Social Responsibility
Professor Ed Vieira published a co-authored study about ExxonMobil’s social responsibility messaging over a 12-year period.