President's Newsletter

As another great term at Cambridge College has come to an end, and summer classes begin, I wanted to take a moment to share the numerous exciting events and announcements that have made spring 2014 so memorable. Throughout this past term, each member of the Cambridge College community worked tirelessly to further validate and advance our mission. These collective efforts have resulted in some incredible achievements, which only position the College for future growth and success. I can’t thank you enough for your service to both our students and to one another, for collectively, we have achieved the following successes.

Congratulations to our 2014 Graduates!

The College celebrated its 43rd Commencement Exercises on June 1, 2014 at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. In a wonderful ceremony, close to 530 graduates proudly crossed the stage joining the Cambridge College alumni community of over 33,000 individuals. We were honored to have former Congressman Barney Frank as this year’s Commencement speaker and Honorary Degree recipient. Also receiving Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters were Roderick L. Ireland, and Alberto Vasallo, Jr. The ceremony can be viewed in its entirety here, and the graduation celebrations continue at our various locations:

  • California: June 6, 2014
  • Tennessee: June 20, 2014
  • Georgia: June 21, 2014
  • Virginia: June 28, 2014
  • Puerto Rico: June 29, 2014

Congratulations also to all of the students who were inducted at the second annual Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society ceremony for the Cambridge College chapter. Our students were honored for their academic excellence in management programs of study and honorable service to their peers and community. Also inducted to the National Honor Society was Trustee and Cambridge College School of Management alumna Susan Ifill. Click here to see the list of newly inducted students.

Academic Updates

I’m very excited to share that Cambridge College was selected as one of nine institutions across the United States to participate in the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Change and Innovation Lab (CIL)! The CIL initiative, funded by the Lumina Foundation, is designed to help colleges and universities implement significant and sustainable initiatives to increase the number of first-generation and nontraditional students who gain a college degree. This initiative aligns closely with our mission and history, and is an exciting opportunity for both our students and the entire Cambridge College community. Click here for the official announcement

Further adding to our roster of accolades, Cambridge College was awarded national TEAC accreditation status from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). TEAC, or the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, ensures that an institution’s educator programs are academically rigorous, and seeks to improve programs for professional educators. Read more about Cambridge College’s accreditation here.

In May, the College hosted the Inauguration of Dr. Gitte Wernaa as the new Elizabeth McCormack Chair in the Humanities. On this celebratory evening, Dr. Wernaa presented her Inaugural Lecture, “Our Stories, Ourselves.” Additionally, we were extremely honored to welcome Elizabeth McCormack herself along with the esteemed Dr. Sarah Lawrence-Lightfoot, the Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education at Harvard University, who delivered the Keynote. Read more…

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Sheila Wright, who was appointed the new Dean for the School of Education. Dr. Wright comes to us with over thirty years of experience in not-for-profit, state government, and higher education sectors. As the former commissioner of higher education in Minnesota, Dr. Wright has advocated for increased cross-sector collaborations, student career development, and has led numerous initiatives centered on supporting personal growth, professional performance, and the economy. We look forward with great confidence that Dr. Wright will assure that Cambridge College provides the best education to prospective teachers to prepare them for the challenges of the tremendous change and transformation that is occurring in K-12 education. Read more…

We are proud to announce that our Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Elwood Robinson, has recently contributed to a newly released scientific publication titled, “Emotional Reactions to Pain Predict Psychological Distress in Adult Patients with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).” The research paper, which has been featured in the International Journal Psychiatry in Medicine, is a magnificent achievement for Dr. Robinson, and highlights his dedication and passion to education and persistent learning. Congratulate Dr. Robinson, and read more about his publication here.

On May 29, Cambridge College was acknowledged by the Board of the Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) at their annual meeting, held at Clark University. School of Education Senior Faculty member, John Papadonis accepted an award on behalf of Cambridge College, which commended us for our continued commitment to science education in Massachusetts. Special thanks to Professor Papadonis and the entire School of Education for their continued dedication and commitment to our students, their success, and the academic community. Read more about MITS here.

More exciting events and initiatives…

During this term, the College also revealed our rejuvenated brand for all advertisements and social media presence. Led by Minelli, Inc., and through the engagement of our stakeholders and students, our new brand portrays our students’ lives and their proud commitment to work, school and degree completion in a timely fashion. Be on the lookout for our billboards and public transportation advertisements throughout the city! Help us increase and expand our social media presence by using the #MyLifeMyCollege hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The College has also held multiple exciting events throughout the spring 2014 term. Be sure to click on each link below for more information.

The Portraits of Purpose collection by photographer Don West was on display throughout February in honor of Black History Month. POP is an exhibit of portraits with accompanying oral histories that give visual presence and authentic voice to an impressive period of African American leadership in Boston.

The College hosted our third Leadership Speaker Series Event featuring former United States Senator Mo Cowan moderated by television host and CityLine producer Karen Holmes Ward. In addition, Senator Cowan’s portrait was unveiled and introduced into the Portraits of Purpose photo exhibit. Once again, the College hosted the Violence Transformed art exhibit, which is designed to raise awareness and address the issue of domestic violence.

For the first time ever, Cambridge College hosted a rowing crew at the 2014 Boston Dragon Boat Festival who won the Gold Cup!! The rowing crew, Catch22, consists of a team of 25 rowers from diverse Asian backgrounds. Click here to see pictures and learn more.

Finally, I am proud and honored to also share that I was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). AICUM is the leading voice in public policy issues impacting independent institutions of higher education throughout Massachusetts. Click here for the announcement. On May 18, 2014, I proudly received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Curry College during their 134th Commencement Exercises, and for the second year in a row, El Planeta Newspaper named me 1 of the 100 “Most Influential People for the Latino Community” in Massachusetts.

All of these accolades and achievements are rooted in Cambridge College and serve as recognition of the work that each and every member of the College community does day in and day out. We invite you to learn more about the exciting work of our Cambridge College community in our recent edition of Connections Magazine.

Thank you to our wide and extended Cambridge College family for the contributions you make each and every day to the success of the college and our students. Send us your stories and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.