Congressman Frank- Commencement Speaker


By Molly Clarke

Earlier this week Lasell College President, Michael Alexander, sent a campus-wide email to announce that Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank will be delivering this year’s Commencement Address as part of the 2012 graduation ceremony.


Frank, most recognized for his work advocating for civil rights and issues of equality, is known for his intelligence and unique sense of humor. A 2010 survey of Capitol Hill employees, later published in the Washingtonian, named Frank the “braniest” and “funniest” member of the House. Frank is also recognized as being the first ever, openly gay congressman.

Born in New Jersey to the owner of a truck stop and a legal secretary, Frank graduated from Bayone High School in 1957. He went on to attend Harvard University and, eventually, Harvard Law School. Prior to being elected to the U.S House of Representatives, Frank served as an assistant to Boston Mayor Kevin White. He was then elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he served for eight years. In 1980 Frank was elected to the U.S House of Representatives.

On November 28, 2011, Congressman Frank announced that he would retire from his position at the end of his term in 2013.

In his email, President Alexander said that, “Representative Frank has been a long-time voice for the voiceless and has consistently brought issues of equality to the fore, making him ideally suited to speak at an institution like Lasell that shares those same values.” Alexander continued, “Known for his quick intelligence, acerbic wit, and thoughtful analysis of the most salient issues of the day, Frank is an entertaining speaker, and a neighbor of Lasell College and Lasell Village. His appearance at this year’s Commencement- during his last year in office- is fitting.”


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